On Monday 11 January 2016, The Supreme Court has questioned an ancient tradition of banning entry of women in historic Sabarimala temple in Kerala. The apex court declared that women cannot be denied entry into the historic temple under the Constitution permissions.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and N V Ramana told:
“The temple cannot prohibit entry (women), except on the basis of religion. Unless you have a constitutional right, you cannot prohibit entry. Anyway, we will examine it on February 8,”
The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation, filed by the Young Lawyers Association, probing entry for all women and girls in the Kerala’s Sabarimala temple which does not allow girls to enter the premises after attaining puberty, as an old custom.
The bench also observed that as a public temple, it is required for everyone to have “the right to access”.
“At best, there can be religious restrictions and not a general restriction”
Last year, Sabarimala Temple Board’s controversial comment to install machines to test women for purity had sparked outrage in people over social networking sites and moreover a campaign called ‘Happy To Bleed’ was launched in response.
Source : Zee news