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Sabarimala Temple: SC Says Women Have Equal Rights CJI’s observation came during a hearing on petitions challenging the ban on entry of women between the age of 10 and 50

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THE SUPREME COURT on Wednesday said women had the constitutional right of equal access to temples and places of worship. This was the Apex Court’s preliminary observations on a rule barring women from entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala due to biological reasons.

SC reasoned that once a temple is opened for public, everyone can go, with the Chief Justice saying, “On what basis you deny the entry. It is against the Constitutional mandate.”

Chief Justice Dipak Misra’s observation came during a hearing in the Supreme Court on petitions challenging the ban on entry of women between the age of 10 and 50 in the Sabarimala Temple.

A five-judge bench comprising of the Chief Justice Misra, Justices AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and RF Nariman are hearing the case.

The petitioners say that in the Hindu religion, there is no custom which bars women from visiting a temple. “There is no Hindu usage or custom which prohibits entry of women to temple, said Ravi Prakash Gupta, an advocate representing Indian Young Lawyers Association.

The hearing will continue Thursday.

#Sabarimala: AS IT HAPPENED IN COURT

Chief Justice Dipak Misra

Advocate RP Gupta

Senior Advocate Indira Jaising

Justice DY Chandrachud

Kerala Government’s Reaction

Reaction on Twitter

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