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Indian Muslim Group Claims It Owns Taj Mahal

  • VOA News

A Muslim religious body in India claims it owns the world famous monument, the Taj Mahal.

The chairman of the Sunni Waqf Board in Uttar Pradesh state, Hafiz Usman, says the Taj Mahal is property of the board because it is in charge of all Sunni graveyards and mosques in the country.

But the government-run Archaeological Survey of India says it has maintained the building for decades, and will challenge the board's claim in court.

The board is also demanding seven percent of annual income from gate receipts and a say in how the rest of the money is used.

The white marble monument to love was built by Mogul emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Commissioned in 1632, it took about 20,000 artists 22 years to build.
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