Started on 2019-01-03 14:50:26 by FactHunt Admin
In September 2018, the Supreme Court had struck down a rule that disallowed girls and women in the 10-50 age group from entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala. Chief Justice Dipak Misra-headed Constitution bench in a 4-1 verdict said the temple rule violated their right to equality and right to worship. The only note of dissent came from the lone woman judge on the bench, Justice Indu Malhotra. “We have no hesitation in saying that such an exclusionary practice violates the right of women to visit and enter a temple to freely practice Hindu religion and to exhibit her devotion towards Lord Ayyappa.
On Jan 2, the two women, Bindu Ammini and Kanaak Durga entered the shrine in Kerala’s Sabarimala breaching the shrine’s traditional ban on women of menstrual age. The move, while perfectly legal, added fuel to the heated debate across the nation on the right to pray and equality of women, at a time when women in several parts of the country are fighting to end gender discrimination.
Should women of all ages be allowed to enter Sabarimala temple?