Sabarimala 'trespasser' Jayamala welcomes SC verdict

Sabarimala 'trespasser' Jayamala welcomes SC verdict

Sabarimala 'trespasser' Jayamala welcomes SC verdict

On one hand, women are worshipped as Goddesses, but there are restrictions on the other hand, said CJI Misra while reading the judgement.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra by a 4:1 verdict lifted the ban on entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine, saying it amounted to gender discrimination and violated rights of Hindu women.

Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said the verdict had to be implemented though different temples had their own customs and traditions.

While women have largely been demanding the removal of the archaic rule that prohibits their entry into the temple, the Travancore Devaswom Board has said that tradition and customs can not be broken.

Next, the judges quote the motto of a newspaper published by two American women's rights icons - Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton: "Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less".

Accepting the judgment, the temple board said, "Since women who believe in Lord Ayyappa will be coming, we have no choice but to welcome them".

The present case raises grave issues relating to women generally, who happen to be between the ages of 10 to 50, and are not allowed entry into the temple at Sabarimala on the ground of a physiological or biological function which is common to all women between those ages.

Justice Malhotra, the lone woman judge in the bench, passed a dissenting judgement and said that issues which have deep religious connotation should not be tinkered with to maintain secular atmosphere in the country. It is a matter of personal faith and India is a land of diverse faiths.

She said court should not determine practices of faith.

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The Sabarimala temple's Devasom board has said that it must protect the customs of the temple.

"Such women who try to enter Sabarimala will be prevented by authorities", the website reads. "Once you open the temple, then anyone can go to it", CJI Misra had said.

"We are going for a review petition by the first week of October".

The judgment of Justice R F Nariman in the Sabarimala temple entry case held that the customs and usages of Sabarimala temple must yield to the fundamental right of women to worship in the temple.

While most Hindu temples don't allow women to enter when they are menstruating, the temple, commonly known as Sabarimala, was one of a few that did not allow any woman of menstruating age.

Justice Malhotra said notions of rationality can not be brought into matters of religion and India has diverse religious practices and constitutional morality would allow anyone to profess a religion they believe.

Supreme Court advocate Avani Bansal is confident that the SC would rule in favour of women being allowed to enter the temple.

"In the theatre of life, it seems, man has put the autograph and there is no space for a woman even to put her signature".

TDB president A Padmakumar also told reporters the board will implement the court's verdict.

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