SC lifts ban on women entering Sabarimala

The Supreme Court of India has lifted the ban on women entering Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala. A five-judge Supreme Court bench led by CJI Dipak Misra made this verdict ending an age-old ban on the entry of women between 10 and 50 years.

The Judgment read keeping women out of the temple on the basis of mensuration is against their dignity and to exclude them is derogatory. Disappointed with Supreme Court’s verdict, Sabarimala head priest Kandararu Rajeevaru said he would accept it anyhow.

Among the five-judge bench, Justice Indu Malhotra gives lone dissent and said that religious communities should decide their respective religious practices, not the court.

Post the apex court’s verdict, Travancore Devaswom Board president A Padmakumar said that they will file a review petition based on the gathering from other religious heads.