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Verdict On Ban On Women’s Entry In Sabarimala Temple Today:- Challenging the ban on women’s entry in Sabarimala temple in Kerala, the Supreme court will deliver is verdict on the petitions on Friday.
The apex court, in February, had reserved its order on referring the case to a constitution bench. Challenging the ban restrictions on entry of women into the Sabarimala temple, the top court has been hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL). The temple is located on a hilltop in the Western ghats of Pathanamthitta district.
The women aged between 10 and 50 are not allowed from taking the pilgrimage to Sabarimala temple. The centuries-old practice, was questioned by the court, in January 2016. It said that this cannot be done under the Constitution.
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In July, it had said that “a temple is a public religious place. You cannot refuse entry to a woman who comes there ... It violates the rights of women. We understand the seriousness of issue. Every right needs to be balanced but every balancing has its own limitations…”
Earlier, the apex court was told by the management of the Sabarimala temple that as the women cannot maintain the “purity” on account of menstruation, the ban on entry of women aged between 10 and 50 years is imposed.
Women right activists hopeful for landmark judgment
A hope for a positive and landmark judgment in the matter was expressed by women right activist on Friday. Women activist, Brinda Adige, talking to a leading news channel, said:
“Since last couple of months, we have been seeing that the Supreme Court is bringing out several progressive and landmark judgments. I am hoping that tomorrow also entry of women in Sabarimala would be positive. I am sure the judgement will also be very positive and landmark.”
Another women rights activist, Saswati Ghosh also pinned her faith on the apex court’s decision.
“I hope it will allow women to enter the temple otherwise we cannot say it is secular country. The restriction will be removed hopefully,” Ghosh told a leading news channel.