Sabarimala Verdict highlights: SC says issue of women’s entry into places of worship not just about Hindus, matter referred to larger bench

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Sabarimala Case Supreme Court Judgement highlights: The Supreme Court on Thursday referred the Sabarimala case to a largest bench.

SC Verdict on Sabarimala, Sabarimala Supreme Court VerdictSupreme Court on Thursday referred the Sabarimala Temple case to a larger bench.

Supreme Court verdict in Sabarimala Case Coverage: The Supreme Court on Thursday referred the issue of allowing women of all ages into Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple to a larger bench. The top court, in a 3:2 split verdict, held by majority that the issue of restrictions on women’s entry in religious places is not limited to Hindu temples but impacts Muslims and Parsis as well. Contendidng that the possibility of the issue being raised for consideration by a larger bench of the top court cannot be ruled out, the CJI Ranjan Gogoi-headed bench favoured examination of such religious issues by a bench of seven judges. The CJI said that the top court should evolve common policy on religious places like Sabarimala while referring to restrictions on entry of women into mosques. The CJI referred all review petitions and other pleas in Sabarimala case to seven-judge bench. “Larger bench will decide religious issues relating to Sabarimala, entry of women into mosques, practice of female genital mutilation,” he said.

The top court on September 28, 2018, had allowed the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple. The Sabarimala Temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa. Women in the age group of 10-50 were not allowed entry into the temple but the top court in 2018 ruled that it was violative of their fundamental rights and constitutional guarantees. The judgment was delivered by a Constitution bench, headed by the then CJI Dipak Misra. The bench gave a 4:1 verdict claiming the ban led to gender discrimination.

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    18:15 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Focus now on Left government in Kerala

    Ahead of the pilgrimage season at the Lord Ayyappa shrine that is starting from November 17, the focus is now on the LDF government in Kerala over permitting women in the 10-50 age group to offer prayers top court has decided to keep pending apeals requesting seeking review of its verdict, PTI reported.

    16:04 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    What BJP says on SC decision

    Senior BJP leader B L Santhosh has welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to refer the Sabarimala case to a larger bench. he claimed that that it is in the direction to protect rights of devotees and upholding faith.

    15:21 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Shashi Tharoor welcomes SC decision

    Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to refer the Sabarimala issue to a larger bench. He observed that issues involved have implications for the practice of all faiths.

    15:07 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    What women's rights activist Trupti Desai says?

    Women's rights activist Trupti Desai has said that women must be allowed entry in the temple till a seven-judge Supreme Court bench delivers verdict on the issue. she also vowed to offer prayers at the temple when it is opened for worship.

    "What I understand is that till the court order comes, entry is open for women and no one should protest against it. People who say that there is no discrimination at all are wrong, because women of specific ages are not allowed there. I am going to offer prayers on November 16," she is quoted by PTI as saying.

    14:10 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Sabarimala Judgement Today: Pandalam Royal family member welcomes Supreme Court decision

    Pandalam Royal family member Sasikumar Varma, one of the petitioners, said he was happy with the Supreme Court's decision to review the September 28 verdict allowing women of all age groups to offer prayers at the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple.

    14:02 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Oommen Chandy welcomes SC verdict

    Former Kerala CM Oommen Chandy said the new decision will help in protecting the faith of devotees. He also hoped the pilgrimage season will be peaceful.

    13:45 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Sabarimala figures in BJP's Lok Sabha elections' manifesto

    The BJP had made a mention of the Sabarimala controversy in its Lok Sabha elections manifesto. The saffron party had said that it would "endeavour to secure constitutional protection on issues related to faith and belief". The Congress had time and again asked the Centre to see that appropriate amendments are done to protect faith and tradition.

    13:38 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Shashi Tharoor welcomes SC decision to refer Sabarimala issue to larger bench

    Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to refer the "vexed" Sabarimala issue to a larger bench and said issues involved have implications for the practice of all faiths. "I welcome the SC's decision to refer the vexed #Sabarimala issue to a larger bench…The issues involved have implications for the practice of all faiths," said Tharoor, who is an MP from Thiruvananthapuram.

    13:26 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Sabarimala Temple rituals

    Devout pilgrims observe celibacy for 41 days before going to Sabarimala. Every pilgrim carries with him a kit ('Alrumudi' - which contains coconuts which are broken just before climbing the 18 steps) on his head during the pilgrimage and without it none are allowed to go up the holy 18 steps at the 'Sannidhanam'. Incidentally in yesteryears, the temple used to open only during the two-month Mandalam season, but now that has changed and it's open for a few days in the beginning of every Malayalam month.

    13:10 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    5 key takeaways from today's verdict

    The Supreme Court on Thursday said a seven-judge bench will re-examine various religious issues, including the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple and mosques and the practice of female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community. While the five-judge bench unanimously agreed to refer the religious issues to a larger bench, it gave a 3:2 split decision on petitions seeking a review of the apex court's September 2018 decision allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

    12:28 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Sabarimala row: Congress asks Kerala govt not to create issues by providing security and taking women

    The Congress party on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court decision to refer its September 28, 2018 order allowing women of all ages into the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala to a larger bench. Hailing the verdict, Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala asked the Left-led state government "ot to create issues" by providing security and taking women in the banned age group to offer worship at the Ayyappa temple.

    11:15 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Larger bench to decide religious issues relating to Sabarimala, entry of women into mosques: CJI

    The CJI said that the top court should evolve common policy on religious places like Sabarimala while referring to restrictions on entry of women into mosques. The CJI said that the larger bench will decide religious issues relating to Sabarimala, entry of women into mosques, practice of female genital mutilation.

    10:57 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Sabarimala verdict: What Supreme Court said

    The Supreme Court on Thursday said that the issue of restrictions on women's entry in religious places is not restricted to Sabarimala temple alone, but prevalent in other religions also. The CJI headed Ranjan Gogoi bench referred the Sabarimala case to a largest bench with 3:2 verdict. The case will be heard afresh by the seven-judge bench.

    10:53 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    BJP welcomes SC decision to refer Sabarimala case to larger bench

    BL Santhosh, BJP National General Secretary (Org) has welcomed the Supreme Court's decision send the Sabarimala case to a larger bench. "Welcome decision of SC in the direction of protecting rights of devotees & upholding faith ... It was never a matter of fundamental rights .. It was a matter of age old tradition accepted by society," Santhosh said.

    10:46 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    CJI Ranjan Gogoi headed bench refers case to larger bench

    The Constituion bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday referred the Sabarimala case to a larger bench by 3:2 majority.

    10:40 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Judges assemble to delver Sabarimala verdict

    Judges assemble to delver verdict on the review petitions. CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justices RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra are the members of the Constitution bench that will deliver the verdict.

    10:28 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    BJP hopes Sabarimala verdict will favour the believers

    State BJP spokesperson MT Ramesh said that he expects a verdict which will favour the believers. "The BJP is expecting a positive verdict that will protect the temple tradition and culture. Should it be otherwise, other constitutional ways would be looked into," said Ramesh.

    10:17 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    6,500 pilgrims can visit Sabarimala temple complex at a time

    Around 6,500 pilgrims at a time can stay back in and around the temple complex. The shrine is situated in the mountain ranges of the Western Ghats at an altitude of 914 metres above sea level. Sabarimala temple is four kilometres uphill from Pamba in Pathanamthitta district, which is around 100 kms from the capital city. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu celibate deity Ayyappan, also known as Dharma Sastha, who according to belief is the son of Shiva and Mohini, the feminine incarnation of Vishnu. The temple is accessible only on foot from Pamba.

    10:03 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Heavy security deployment at Sabarimala temple

    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reviews the arrangements. Around 2,500 policemen and women have been stationed in and around the temple complex. State Minister for Devasoms (the body that looks after temple affairs) Kadakampally Surendran said that he is also reviewing the arrangements on a daily basis.

    09:29 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Sabarimala temple: Two-month-long festival season begins this Sunday

    All arrangements are in place for the two-month-long festival season of the famed Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala that opens for pilgrims early on Sunday. It will end on January 21. The police have classified the two month long season into four segments with the first two weeks starting on November 15 to November 29 and in all 2,551 police personnel would be posted in and around the temple complex. The second phase would see 2,539 personnel and would be on duty from November 30 to December 14, and the third one beginning December 15 to 29 and would see 2,992 officials on duty. The fourth and the most important period begins from December 30 till the close of the temple, would see 3,077 personnel trying their best to see that the verdict was adhered to in letter and spirit.

    09:11 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Sabarimala Verdict Today Live: What Supreme Court said in its 2018 judgment?

    It was on September 28 last year, that the apex court allowed women of all ages to enter the temple and following that it was a free for all between right-wing forces which stood guard and chased away women in the age group of 10 and 50. The Kerala Police trying their best to see that the verdict was adhered to in letter and spirit. But despite all the confusion, on January 2 this year, two women managed to enter the temple and pray with the support of the police.

    08:52 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Sabarimala Supreme Court Verdict Live: Petitioners' argument

    On October 8 last year, multiple petitions were filed in the Supreme Court to seek review of its verdict to lift a ban on entry of women in the 10-50 age group into the temple. The petitioners have argued that religious practices cannot be tested on the basis of rationality.

    08:32 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Kerala govt backed SC's 2018 Sabarimala verdict

    The Kerala government had expressed its support for the Supreme Court ruling in 2018 and urged the top court to not consider the petitions seeking the review of the judgement. The Nair Service Society had moved the court opposing the court's verdict in 2018, and the Kerala government, TDB and the two women who had entered the shrine had expressed their opposition these review petitions.

    08:15 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    SC Verdict on Sabarimala Today Live: Political parties fear SC's verdict may have adverse impact on society

    Many leaders and religious leaders expressed disagreement with the court's observation and opined that it may bring an adverse impact on society. It also has led to massive protests in Kerala, which resulted in a political slugfest between then ruling CPI-M and the BJP.

    07:56 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Sabarimala temple: Why women devotees are not allowed?

    Sabarimala is an ancient temple based in Kerala. It is widely believed that the temple was mostly unreachable for about three centuries after its installation. The original path to reach the temple was rediscovered by prince of Pandalam Dynasty Manikandan in 12the Century. The prince was considered an avatar of Ayyappa. It is widely believed that Lord Ayappa is celibate and therefore he should not be distracted.

    07:40 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Sabarimala verdict at 10:30 AM

    The Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on the review petitions at 10:30 AM. The judgment will be pronounced by the Constitution bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi. As many as 64 petitions, which include review pleas and transfer pleas, were filed in the top court challenging its last year's decision on the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple.

    07:23 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Will abide by the Supreme Court verdict: TDB President

    The Travancore Devasom Board (TDB) said it will abide by the top court's decision. TDB is the body that looks after the administration of most temples in South Kerala districts, including Sabarimala. At present, TDB is headed by former CPI-M legislator A Padmakumar.

    07:04 (IST)14 Nov 2019
    Security tightened at Sabarimala ahead of verdict

    With the Supreme Court all set to pronounce final verdict on the entry of all women to the Kerala's famed Sabarimala temple on Thursday, the state police has made elaborate security arrangements for the temple town to ensure security as the two-month long festival kicks off on Sunday.

    SC Verdict on Sabarimala, Sabarimala Supreme Court Verdict Sabarimala Temple. (File Photo PTI)The Sabarimala temple in Kerala is an ancient shrine, It is widely believed that the temple was mostly unreachable for about 3 centuries after its installation. It was in 12th century, prince of Pandalam Dynasty Manikandan had rediscovered the original path to reach the temple. This prince was considered an avatar of Ayyappa and it is believed that he meditated there and became one with the divine. According to locals, it is widely believed that Lord Ayappa is celibate and therefore he should not be distracted.
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