Sabarimala temple management had said that the ban was imposed since women cannot uphold ‘purity’ on account of menstruation.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court will pronounce its judgment on petitions, perplexing the ban on women’s entrance in Sabarimala temple in Kerala, on Friday i.e. today.
In February, the top court had reserved its order on stating the case to a constitution bench.
The top court has been hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), perplexing the ban restrictions on the entrance of women into the Sabarimala temple, situated on a hilltop in the Pathanamthitta district of Western Ghats.
Women aged amid 10 and 50 are restricted from taking the visit to Sabarimala temple.
In January 2016, the court had probed the centuries-old practice, saying this cannot be concluded under the Constitution.
It had stated in July: “a temple is an open religious place. You cannot decline the entrance to a woman who comes there. It disrupts the rights of women. We comprehend the solemnity of the issue. Each right needs to be poised but each balancing has its own limitations.”
The temple management of the Sabarimala had previously told the apex court that the bar on the entrance of women aged amid 10 and 50 years was as they cannot uphold “purity” on account of menstruation.
Women right activists expectant for landmark judgment
Women rights activist on this Friday uttered hope for a positive and landmark decision in the matter.
Speaking to ANI, women activist Brinda Adige stated, “From the last couple of months, we have been observing that the Supreme Court is carrying out several progressive and landmark decisions. I am hoping that tomorrow also the entrance of women in Sabarimala would be progressive. I am sure the judgment will also be very positive and momentous.”
One more women right activist Saswati Ghosh also held her faith on the apex court’s decision.
“I hope it will let women enter the temple or else we cannot say it is a secular nation. The restriction will be aloof hopefully,” Ghosh told ANI.