The Top Court on Thursday referred the review petitions against its verdict allowing entry of women of all age groups in the Sabarimala temple to a seven-judge bench. This comes after a 5-Judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in 2018 allowed entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala Temple.
Sabarimala Temple didn’t allow the entry of women and girls between 10 and 50 – or those of a menstrual age — from entering the famous Ayyappa shrine. The Supreme court noted that the practice was “illegal and unconstitutional” as every individual has the right to practice their faith.
Along with Sabarimala verdict, the court said that the 7-judge bench will also hear the issue of Muslim women’s entry to mosques, cases on female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community and access to fire temples or ‘towers of silence’ for Parsi women who marry outside the community.
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