Asking whether certain religious practices can be protected under the Constitution or not, the Supreme Court on Monday asked all the petitioners in the Sabarimala Case to file their submissions within a week. So Supreme Court has reserved its judgement on the case as of now. The case is going on since 2016 when a petitioner filed a plea against ban on entry of menstruating women into Kerala’s Sabarimala temple, the court said that “gender discrimination in such a matter is unacceptable”.
There were several applications received by the apex court on Monday opposing the entry of women in Sabarimala Temple, which included individuals, independent legislatures in Kerala state, Raja of Pandala, who claimed to be representing the Brahmins of Kerala.
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NewsX reported that the matter may be lengthened as now Supreme Court would include the new applications before passing any judgement. Many arguments are already in line to viewed. The Supreme Court also indicated that they would want to increase the number of the people in the bench hearing the case.
This case is similar to many such ongoing cases in the country like the entry of women in Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai, or Shani Shingnapur in Maharashtra. The case might weigh its bearing on the other cases as well, as it is not only pertaining to religious practices in different religions, but mostly it is pertaining to women’s rights. Whether religious practices can override constitutional rights given to women, would be answered and this can be a landmark judgement. Faith of many cases would be directly or indirectly linked to this case.