Travancore Devaswom Board to now file review petition in top court

A number of review petitions are currently pending before the apex court

In a fresh development, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) announced its intention to file an urgent affidavit in the Supreme Court.

The U-Turn may have been because of massive protests and law and order situation arising in the sttae of Kerala.

With this, the legal battle over the entry of women of menstruating age into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala appears set to be revived.

A number of review petitions are currently pending before the apex court.

The board is a temple body which manages the Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala.

Last month, the Supreme Court in a landmark verdict had held that women of all ages should be allowed inside the temple and that rules prohibiting the entry of women between the ages of 10 and 50 years were violative of the
Constitution.

On Wednesday, the iron gates of Sabarimala temple were opened for the first time since the Supreme Court’s verdict.

However, no woman from the previously banned age group could make it to its precincts amid protests and violent clashes.

The central government has asked the southern states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to tighten security in view of the continuing protests.

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