Supreme Court says women of all ages can enter Sabarimala Temple
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday lifted the ban on women of menstruating age at the Sabarimala Temple. Opening the gates of the temple in Kerala, dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, to the women in the age group of 10-50, the top court said it was violative of fundamental rights that the constitution guarantees. Chief Justice Dipak Misra reading out the judgment also on behalf of Justice AM Khanwilkar, said that subversion of women's rights under the garb of physiological phenomenon cannot be allowed. Justice Indu Malhotra, the only woman judge in the five-judges bench, gave a dissenting judgment.
- "Lord Ayappa is not a separate denomination"
- "To treat women as lesser children of God is blinking at the Constitution"
- "Rules based on biological characteristics will not muster constitution"
- "If a Constitution has a meaning can it allow what's derogatory to women?"
- "Social exclusion of women on menstruation is untouchability and is anathema to the Constitution"
- "In earlier days prohibition was because of nature and the notion of women as weaker sex"
- "The practice of age restriction on women's entry to Sabarimala Temple can't be treated as an essential religious practice"
- "Impose man celibacy on women is to deny women rights and constitution doesn't recognize such rights"
- "Dignity of individual is an unwavering nature of fundamental rights"
- "Path for future: Whether Constitution will permit which is derogatory to women"
Get the latest election news, live updates and election schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on ndtv.com/elections. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates from each of the 543 parliamentary seats for the 2019 Indian general elections.