Deeming the ban on women from entering the Sabarimala Temple as ‘unconstitutional’, the Supreme Court today proclaimed that temple authorities of Sabarimala had no right to justify the restriction of women.
The 10-year-old case filed by the Young Lawyer’s Association questioned the moral and jurisdictional ground on which women were restricted, time and again, from entering the Sabarimala Temple. The SC declared that women had the constitutional right to enter whichever temple they want.
Earlier in November, Devaswom chief of Sabarimala Temple sparked a national outrage when he said that the temple needed a purity checking machine which would decide whether it was the ‘right’ time for a woman to enter the temple premises.
The board of Sabarimala Temple has repeatedly maintained that for thousands of years, women have not been allowed to enter the temple.
On the unlawful ban, various sectors of the society have condemned the ban, calling it discrimination on grounds of gender.