In a 4:1 verdict, Supreme Court granted women between the age of 10 and 50 entry into Kerala’s Sabarimala temple, breaking the temple’s age-old tradition of restricting menstruating women from entering its premises.
A five-judge constitution bench headed by CJI Dipak Misra had reserved its judgment on 1 August.
The apex court’s verdict will deal with pleas filed by Indian Young Lawyers Association and others.
SC Allows Entry of Women of All Age Groups in Sabarimala temple
SC in a 4:1 judgment allowed the entry of women of all age groups into Sabarimala temple.
SC Starts Reading Judgment
Sabarimala judgment is a 4:1 verdict, with Justice Indu Malhotra dissenting. While reading the judgment for himself and Justice Khanwilkar, CJI Dipak Misra said that a woman is not lesser or inferior to a man and that patriarchy of religion cannot be permitted to trump over faith.
“Religion is basically way of life however certain practices create incongruities,” he said.
“The exclusionary practice given the backing of a legislation is not an integral part of religion,” said the CJI.
Verdict to be Given as Four Separate Judgments.
The verdict will be pronounced as four separate judgments, reported.
What is the Kerala Government’s Stand?
The Kerala government, which has been changing its stand on the contentious issue of women of the menstrual age group entering the Sabarimala temple, had on 18 July told the Supreme Court that it now favoured their entry.
The apex court had on 13 October last year referred the issue to a constitution bench after framing five “significant” questions including whether the practice of banning entry of women into the temple amounted to discrimination and violated their fundamental rights under the Constitution.
SC to Pronounce Judgment on Sabarimala Issue
The Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on a clutch of pleas challenging the ban on entry of women between 10 and 50 years of age into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala on Friday, 28 September.
A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had reserved its judgment on 1 August after hearing the matter for eight days.
The bench, which also comprised Justices RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, had earlier said that the constitutional scheme prohibiting exclusion has “some value” in a “vibrant democracy”.
The top court’s verdict would deal with the petitions filed by petitioners Indian Young Lawyers Association and others.>