Supreme Court orders open court hearing in Sabarimala review petitions

Supreme Court of India
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New Delhi, Nov 13: The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered open court hearing in the 49 review petitions challenging its September 28 judgement of allowing women of all age groups to pray at the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi decided to hear on January 22 the petitions seeking a recall of the September 28 order.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogo had said will hear writ petitions seeking ban on entry of girls and women aged between 10 and 50 to Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta, only after it decides the review pleas seeking recall of its September 28 judgement that cancelled all ban on women’s entry to the shrine.

The bench also comprised Justices RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.

The temple had witnessed massive protests between October 17 and 22, after it opened for the first time following the apex court’s ruling allowing the hitherto banned age group of girls and women to enter the Lord Ayyappa shrine.

Recently, also when the Lord Ayyappa temple opened on November 6 at 5 p.m. for the special one-day session, there were violent protests by devotees after they found out women in the 10-50 age group approaching the shrine.

Though, the pilgrimage season in Sabarimala failed to make history as women in the 10-50 age group were kept away by protests against their entry despite the top court order.


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