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Devotees stand in queues to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple, in Sabarimala (Photo: PTI)
Devotees stand in queues to offer prayers at Lord Ayyappa temple, in Sabarimala (Photo: PTI)

Petition filed in SC for safe passage to women to Sabarimala temple

  • A plea was filed seeking direction to Kerala govt to ensure safe passage of women, regardless of their age or religion, to the historic temple
  • In its 14 Nov judgement, the apex court, in a 3:2 majority verdict, referred to a larger 7-judge bench certain questions for consideration

New Delhi: A plea filed in Supreme court for directions to the state of Kerala to ensure safe passage to any women to the Sabarimala temple, regardless of age or religion without let or hindrance from any source including the State and its agencies.

The petitioner has further prayed for directions to the state of Kerala to respect, fulfil and protect the rights of all women regardless of age to enter the Sabarimala temple without hindrance in any manner whatsoever and in particular by preventing the unruly mobs or individuals from obstructing them from entering the temple.

"It has been further prayed for directions to the State of Kerala to give wide publicity to the judgment of this... through the medium of television, newspapers, etc both local and national and direct immediate cessation of age verification and counselling done by the Police officials at the behest of State of Kerala discouraging women of menstruating age from visiting Sabarimala," the petitioner said.

The Supreme Court on 14 November had declined to stay its September 2018 judgement opening Sabarimala shrine to women of all ages, but decided to form a seven-judge Constitution bench to review the verdict.

The 3:2 majority judgement had also said the issue is not restricted to Sabarimala, but concerns restrictions on entry of women to other places of worship.

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