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Sep 28, 2018
9:28PM

SC allows entry of women of all ages in Sabarimala temple

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The Supreme Court today paved the way for the entry of women of all ages into the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala. 

The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in its 4:1 verdict, said banning the entry of women into the shrine is gender discrimination and the practice violates the rights of Hindu women. It said religion is a way of life basically to link life with divinity. 

The CJI said devotion cannot be subjected to discrimination and patriarchal notion cannot be allowed to trump equality in devotion. While Justices R F Nariman and D Y Chandrachud concurred with the CJI and Justice A M Khanwilkar Justice Indu Malhotra gave a dissenting verdict. 

Justice Malhotra, in her dissenting judgement, said that issues which have deep religious connotation should not be tinkered with to maintain a secular atmosphere in the country. 
 

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