Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Ban on Women's Entry into Sabarimala Temple: SC refers to Constitution Bench

Ban on Women's Entry into Sabarimala Temple: SC refers to Constitution Bench

In the dispute over the ban on women entering the famous Sabarimala shrine in Kerala, the country's most senior judges will examine whether "a biological factor like menstruation" can be grounds for discriminating against women.

The Supreme Court has asked a Constitution bench to decide whether women of all ages should be allowed to enter the shrine.

The apex court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging ban on women's entry into the Sabarimala temple.

The UDF government had taken a view that it was against the entry of women of the age group of 10-to-50 years as such a practice was being followed since time immemorial. I am sure the judgement will also be very positive and landmark."Another women right activist Saswati Ghosh also pinned her faith on the apex court's decision."I hope it will allow women to enter the temple otherwise we can not say it is secular country , As Reported By Siyasat". A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra will deliver the verdict after reserving it in February.

The management of the temple had stated that ban on entry of women was because they can not maintain "purity" on account of menstruation.

In July, it had said that "a temple is a public religious place".

Petitioner Indian Young Lawyers Association is in favour of the opening of the temple gates to women but Travancore Davaswom Board and others opposing the plea. Unless you have a constitutional right, you can not prohibit entry.

The temple's restriction on menstruating women has been a bone of contention in recent times, raising legal questions about women's right to pray and right to equality, as guaranteed by the Constitution of India.Article 14 of the Constitution of India guarantees that the state can not deny any person equality before the law or equal protection of the law. I am hoping that tomorrow entry of women in Sabarimala would be positive.

Questioning the age-old custom, the Supreme Court in July had said, "A temple is a public religious place and can not refuse entry to a woman". This violates the rights of the women. "I am sure the judgement will also be very positive and landmark".

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