Kerala Sabarimala Temple: Apex Court questions ban on women’s entry and ‘whether tradition is above Constitution’


New Delhi: Honourable Supreme Court of India today took a tough stand, today, i.e. on 11th April and asked the lawyers who were representing the Sabarimala Temple Trust, that ‘whether any tradition can override the Constitutional Provisions’.

The Apex Court’s concerned three- judges bench comprising of Justice- Dipak Misra, Justice- Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice- N. V. Ramana was dealing with the plea which is challenging the entry of the women having menstrual issues, into the Sabarimala temple based at Kerala. While so, the court decided today to ask that which kind of right which the temple is having against women to resist them from worshipping deity at the temple premises.

Moreover, the said bench also observed that the said matter should be argued as per the provisions of the Constitution of India. Also, while hearing the plea it also said that the ‘Mother’ is considered to be Supreme in India, and ‘Mata’ has to be greeted first when she enters the room.

In such a situation, the court sought to asked finally that ‘whether women are allowed to pray in mosques alongside with men, or they are asked to present in a different room’. Thus, the top court sought to maintain that “anyone can worship God, he is omnipresent.” Thus, as per the court, the judgement, whatsoever it may be, would only be in accordance with the law of the land.

Moreover, it was also seen that the said Top Court had earlier said that it would balalce the right to equality with the right to freedom of religion and to manage religious affairs under the Constitution of India.

Earlier it was seen that the similar issue, little different, was raised by the women’s activists in challenging their restraint from entry in the sanctum sanctorum of the Shani Shingnapur Temple at Nashik, Maharashtra, however, later the temple trust had realized their fault and they allowed the women to enter the temple, with dignity as such, number of women devotees had visited and offered pray therein. However, till today, religious gurus are still commenting the same is as wrong.

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