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Sabarimala Verdict: Supreme Court Lifts Ban on Entry of Women The court said there can be no discrimination on the basis of gender

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THE Supreme Court has thrown open the doors of the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala for women of all age groups, saying that the right to worship is given to all devotees and there can be no discrimination on the basis of gender.

A 5-judge constitution bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra gave a majority 4:1 verdict with the dissenting view coming from Justice Indu Malhotra, the only woman judge of the bench.

The bench had reserved its judgement on August 1 on a clutch of petitions that had challenged the ban on entry of women inside the renowned Sabarimala temple of Lord Ayyappa, a perpetual minor residing in a celibate state.

It is believed that the entry of menstruating women inside the Sabarimala temple will disturb his vow of celibacy and invoke the wrath of the lord.

A Kerala High Court verdict in 1991 had upheld the restrictions on the entry of women between the age of 10 and 50 from entering the Sabarimala temple.

“The practice of barring women in age group of 10-50 to go inside the temple is violative of constitutional principles,” Chief Justice Misra said in today’s verdict.

In her dissenting view, Justice Malhotra said: “Religious practices can’t solely be tested on the basis of the right to equality. It is up to the worshippers and not the court to decide what is religion’s essential practice.

The Travancore Devaswom Board, the body which manages the temple, has said that they will file a review petition against the verdict.

#SabrimalaVerdict: WHAT THEY SAID

At the Court

TheDissenting View

The Other View

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