Do we finally see the end of a trial that has stretched over the decades?
The apparent closure to an issue which dates back to 1853, when the first clashes between the Hindu and Muslims were reported over a disputed site, comes in the form of the verdict from the High Court of Allahbad.
The dispute centers around 2.7 acres of land in Ayodhya, which has been claimed by Hindus and Muslims alike.
The judge bench ruled in a majority of 2:1 that the disputed land, where the Babri Masjid used to stand till 1992, be divided and distributed equally among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the ‘Ram Lalla temple’.
The Sunni Waqf Board is mainly responsible for all the Muslim shrines in the country while the Nirmohi Akhara is a Hindu institution that had filed the first case in 1855. The site was declared to be the birth place of Lord Ram, a major Hindu God, dissipating the doubts regarding the validation of this claim, and hence one-third of the land has been awarded for the temple of the God. The shrine, where the idols of Lord Rama have been placed is to be retained.
It has been a long-winded legal battle, a dispute that has claimed lives due to blood-splattered communal riots, but as the country absorbs this verdict, the reaction of the public will be integral in the coming future.