Verdict today in Sabarimala case

Sabarimala temple case Supreme Court refers matter to Constitution bench

The Supreme Court today referred the Sabarimala temple case to a five-judge Constitution bench.

During the hearing, the management of the Sabarimala temple, located on a hilltop in the Western Ghats of Pathanamthitta district, had earlier told the apex court that the ban on entry of women aged between 10 and 50 years was because they can not maintain purity on account of menstruation.

A bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra said the issue of entry of women would be tested against the fundamental rights of Article 14 (equality under law) and Article 15 (prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste etc) of the Constitution of India.

As per reports, the matter will be listed before the 5-judge constitution bench soon and the final verdict on whether women aged between 10 and 50 years can enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temple will be delivered within three to four weeks. In November previous year, after the Left government took charge in Kerala, there was a U-turn by the state government from its earlier stance and the affidavit stated that it was ready to allow women of all ages to enter Sabarimala. However, In January 2016, the court had questioned the ban, saying it can not be done under the Constitution. The Kerala High Court had upheld the Rules and allowed the Devaswom Board to enforce the ban. You can not refuse entry to a woman who comes there ... I am sure the judgement will also be very positive and landmark."Another women right activist Saswati Ghosh also pinned her faith on the apex court's decision".

In July, it had said that "a temple is a public religious place".

The entry of women in the temple has always been a topic of debate. We understand the seriousness of issue.

The court is hearing a plea challenging the practice of banning entry of such women in the temple. After hearing petitions challenging the ban for quite some time now, the apex court is likely to announce its verdict today.

A hope for a positive and landmark judgment in the matter was expressed by women right activist on Friday.

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