Published: Sat, October 14, 2017
Medical | By Rita Mcdonald

Five judges to decide on Hindu women's right to temple

Five judges to decide on Hindu women's right to temple

The apex court also framed a question on the violation of rights under the Constitution with regard to the entry of women into the temple.

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

Earlier, the apex court was told by the management of the Sabarimala temple that as the women can not maintain the "purity" on account of menstruation, the ban on entry of women aged between 10 and 50 years is imposed.

The Supreme Court today (October 13) referred the matter pertaining to a ban on the entry of women into Kerala's Sabarimala temple to a constitution bench. Girls and women of menstruating age are not allowed in the premises of the temple, which houses Lord Ayyappan. You can not refuse entry to a woman who comes there ...

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Is restricting the entry of women on the ground of gender in accordance with constitutional rights?

Women's rights activists and lawyers from Kerala had challenged a Sabarimala temple rule which restricts the entry of women in their reproductive phase on the ostensible grounds that the deity was a bachelor. Otherwise, we can not say it [India] is secular country. It said that the government was sticking to its 2007 stand, when it filed an affidavit seeking the removal of the ban. Being a temple with unique customs and practices, Sabarimala should be allowed to retain its ethnic character, " said TDB member Ajay Tharayil.

The bench comprised of Dipak Misra, R Banumathi, and Ashok Bhushan had earlier requested to submit the things that need to be presented at the Constitution Bench.

It is also to be decided whether Rule 3 (b) of the Kerala Hindu Places of Worship Act violates Article 14.

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Is this prohibition by the religious body valid under the purview of religious freedom under Article 25 of the Constitution?

The question that has been raised is: Does this ban on admission to the temple, on the basis of medical reasons of the woman violate the rights of equality?

The UDF government had taken a view that it was against the entry of women of the age group of 10-50 years as such a practice was being followed since time immemorial.

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