No decision on Sabarimala Temple Entry for women, referred to constitution bench

Sabarimala Temple

The matter was referred to the larger bench by a three-judge bench headed by the chief justice, which has framed questions for the constitution bench to discuss.

The Constitutional Bench is also dealing with the question such practice of restricting the women to enter the temple is discrimination against women.

"We will not allow Sabarimala to turn a Thailand", said Gopalakrishnan at a press meet. "Even if the court opens its doors I don't think self-respecting women will dare to go up to the hill shrine", he said.

The court was hearing the petition filed by the Indian Young Lawyers Association that challenged the custom of the temple to bar entry of women in the 10-50 age bracket (of menstruating age), saying it was discriminatory, NewsX reported.

Questioning the age-old custom, the Supreme Court in July had said, "A temple is a public religious place and can not refuse entry to a woman".

"I hope it will allow women to enter the temple otherwise we can not say it is secular country. Unless you have a constitutional right, you can not prohibit entry", the court had said.

Meanwhile, Kerala Minister for Devaswom and Tourism Kadakampally Surendran said he had insulted the women community and Ayyappa devotees with such a comparison.

Speaking to reporters, Gopalakrishnan said that there are going to be huge security issues if all women are allowed entry.

Another women rights activist, Saswati Ghosh also pinned her faith on the apex court's decision.

The reason for the ban on entry of women aged between 10 and 50 years as stated by the management of the Sabarimala temple, located on a hilltop in the Western Ghats of Pathanamthitta district was because they can not maintain "purity" on account of menstruation.

He asked if everyone was trying to make Sabarimala a Thailand by making women between the age of 10 to 50 climb uphill under the challenging weather conditions without any safety.



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