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Kerala Government: Women activists won’t be allowed inside Sabarimala Temple

Until any legal intervention by the Supreme Court the Kerala Government intends to honor the age-old customs of the Sabarimala Temple

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Kerala, December 26, 2016: The Kerala government today announced that the entry of Bhumata Brigade chief Trupti Desai will not be allowed in the Lord Ayyappa temple here, even as the activist plans to lead 100 odd women to the famous hill shrine in Sabarimala.

The entry of women between 10-50 years is strictly prohibited in the temple.

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Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran told reporters,”The Sabarimala temple is administered by Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) and its traditions and rules are applicable to everyone. The matter with regard to entry of women of all age groups is already before the Supreme Court. There will be no change in the tradition and customs until a decision is taken by the Supreme Court.”

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Last month the enthusiasts took an initiative to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court demanding the right of women of all ages to be allowed to enter the religious institution.

It was recently mentioned by Trupti Desai that she would be visiting the Lord Ayyappa temple next month with 100 odd activists and there was no change in her plans.

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Desai had earlier rallied for the allowance of women at places like Shani Shingnapur, Trimbakeshwar Shiva temple and Haji Ali dargah.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram with PTI inputs. Twitter: @dubumerang

 

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Supreme Court to Pronounce Entry Of Women at Sabarimala Temple

Supreme Court will pronounce its order on the ban on women's entry into Sabarimala Temple. Will it be another landmark judgement?

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The Sabarimala Temple Does Not Allow Entry Of Women As A Part Of Age Old Tradition. Wikimedia

New Delhi, October 13, 2017: The Supreme Court on Friday referred to a Constitution Bench the question whether a ban on the entry of women in the age group 10-50 years in Kerala’s Sabarimala temple was discriminatory and violative of the Right to Equality under Article 14.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice R. Banumathi and Justice Ashok Bhushan also framed six questions to be addressed by the Constitution Bench.

The petition was filed by the Indian Young Lawyers Association, challenging the custom of the temple to bar entry of women in the 10-50 age bracket (of menstruating age).The custom had been termed as ‘discriminatory’ in their petition.

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The Supreme Court will declare its decision on the long-existing ban on entry of women. Wikimedia

The Constitution Bench will deal with questions whether this practice amounted to discrimination against the women. The apex court also framed a question on the violation of rights under the Constitution with regard to the entry of women into the temple.

The reason for the ban on entry of women aged between 10 and 50 years as stated by the management of the Sabarimala temple, located on a hilltop in the Western Ghats of Pathanamthitta district was because they cannot maintain “purity” on account of menstruation.

With this verdict by Supreme Court, the long sustaining protest against the entry of women tends to put an end to the practice.

The temple, built in the 12th century, is located in Pathanamthitta district and is dedicated to Lord Ayappa.