Supreme Court allows entry of women in Kerala’s Sabarimala temple

Supreme Court of India
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New Delhi, Sep 28: In its landmark judgement, the Supreme Court on Friday allowed entry of women in Kerala’s Sabarimala temple. 

A five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra ruled that Right to worship is given to all devotees and there can be no discrimination on the basis of gender.

Four judges have the same opinion in the Sabarimala temple case; one dissenting opinion by Justice Indu Malhotra.

While reading out the verdict, CJI Misra said: “The practice of barring women in age group of 10-50 to go inside the temple is violative of constitutional principles”.

“Devotees of Lord Ayyappa are Hindus, don’t constitute a separate religious denomination. No physiological&biological factor can be given legitimacy if it doesn’t pass the test of conditionality. Restrictions put by Sabarimala temple can’t be held as essential religious practice”, he added.

The Chief Justice further stated “Women no way inferior to men. On one hand, women are worshipped as Goddesses, but there are restrictions on the other hand. Relationship with God can’t be defined by biological or physiological factors: CJI Dipak Misra on the ban on entry of women in Kerala’s Sabarimala temple”.


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