Verdict On Ban On Women's Entry In Sabarimala Temple Today

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A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Ashok Bhushan also framed six questions to be addressed by the Constitution Bench.

The Supreme Court on Friday referred the much-debated issue as to whether women should be allowed to enter Sabarimala Sree Dharma Sastha Temple in Kerala's Pathanamthitta to a five-judge constitution bench.

The management of the temple had stated that ban on entry of women was because they can not maintain "purity" on account of menstruation.

However, women aged between 10 and 50 years are restricted from taking the pilgrimage to Sabarimala temple as they can not maintain purity on account of menstruation. It violates the rights of women.

The Supreme Court today is expected to pronounce order on entry of women in Kerala's Sabarimala temple.

The apex court also framed a question about whether restricting the entry of women at the temple was violative of their rights under the Constitution.

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.

Petitioner Indian Young Lawyers Association is in favour of the opening of the temple gates to women but Travancore Davaswom Board and others opposing the plea. On an earlier plea against this custom, the Kerala High Court in 1991 upheld the temple's custom. "Every right needs to be balanced but every balancing has its own limitations", the report further added.

The CPM-led Left Front government in 2007 had filed an affidavit saying that it favoured entry of women in the temple but this position was reversed in an affidavit filed by the Congress-led UDF government in February 2016.

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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