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Supreme Court to deliver verdict on women entering Kerala's Sabarimala temple today


On 11 January, the court had questioned the ban, saying this can not be done under the Constitution.

The Supreme Court will declare its decision on the long-existing ban on entry of women.

The Kerala Government has already informed the court that it favours the entry of women of any age into Sabarimala temple.

Commenting on matter, an activist said that since last couple of months, we have seen that the Supreme Court is bringing out several progressive and landmark judgments; we are hoping that ruling on entry of women in Sabarimala would be positive.

While devaswom minister Kadakampally Surendran welcomed the SC order with an expectation that the constitutional bench would uphold the state government's position, Travancore devaswom board (TDB) president Prayar Gopalakrishnan demanded protection from constitutional bodies to belief and rituals.


The Supreme Court on Friday referred to a five-judge Constitution Bench a bunch of petitions challenging the age-old practice in Kerala's famed Sabarimala temple of not allowing women aged between 10 and 50 to enter the temple. According to him, banning entry of women would be against the basic tenets of Hindu religion.

"I hope it [SC] will allow women to enter the temple". It said that this can not be done under the Constitution.

Whether the practice of excluding such women constitutes an "essential religious practice" under Article 25 and whether a religious institution can assert a claim in that regard under the umbrella of right to manage its own affairs in the matters of religion? And if they are within the authority of the Act, are they constitutional - particularly, Rule 3 (b), which talks about the entry of women and girls.

In July, it had said that "a temple is a public religious place". The petitioners said that religious practice based on faith adhered to and followed by millions of Hindus for over a millennium, in consonance with the natural rights of men and women, does not violate fundamental rights without appreciating the scope of these rights.

In 2008, the LDF government had filed an affidavit before the apex court supporting the entry of women of all age groups to Sabarimala, which bars women of menstruating age.

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