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Sabarimala verdict: Lone Judge Indu Malhotra bats for no entry

Sabarimala verdict: Lone Judge Indu Malhotra bats for no entry

"Exclusion of women between the age groups of ten and fifty, based on their menstrual status, from entering the temple in Sabarimala can have no place in a constitutional order founded on liberty and dignity", Justice Chandrachud said.

The temple's authorities said they will appeal before the temple opens to worshippers again on 16 October.

The Supreme Court on Friday will pronounce its verdict in the Sabrimala case which pertains to a ban on entry for women aged between 10 and 50 inside the much-revered temple complex in Kerala. The petitioners, including Indian Young Lawyers Association and Happy to Bleed, argued that the tradition is discriminatory in nature and stigmatised women and women should be allowed to pray at the place of their choice. The temple prohibits the entry of women in their "menstruating years" (between the ages of 10 to 50), on the grounds that it is a place of worship. I am thinking of going to the temple now that women are allowed.

Chhavi Methi, a women's rights activist, hailed the court verdict, but said its acceptance by temple authorities remained to be seen.

However, Shankaradas said that it will not be hard to facilitate pilgrimages by women. Similar to the president of the Travancore Devasom Board president, he said that the temple may have to implement the verdict.

Also, the Mumbai High Court ruled that women can not be barred from the inner sanctum of the Haji Ali shrine, an Islamic mosque and tomb in the southern part of the city. The reactions to the judgement are mixed, leading us to ask: Can reason and faith co-exist?

He said devotees of Lord Ayyappa do not constitute a separate denomination.

As per norms prescribed by the temple board women of menstruating ages were prohibited from visiting the premises. This had been brought out by the verdict, he said. "It is irrelevant whether the practice is rational or logical", she said. Legend has it that one of the Pandalam kings had found an infant Ayyappa crying on the banks of the Pamba river, taken him home and raised him like a son.

Addressing a press conference, the Shiv Sena said it would also ask other Hindu outfits to file a review petition against the verdict, according to Manorama News.

What is the significance of the Sabarimala temple?

"Constitutional morality requires the harmonisation or balancing of all such rights, to ensure that the religious beliefs of none are obliterated or undermined".

"Ayyappa is our God".

The latest judgement lifts a centuries-old ban that blocked women's entry into one of the country's most iconic sites of pilgrimage.

"This is a Hindu custom".


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