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Lord Ayyappa Devotees Protest Over Women's Entry Into Sabarimala Temple

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| October 7 , 2018 , 14:15 IST

Days after the Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all ages to enter Sabarimala Temple, Lord Ayyappa devotees conducted protests in Bengaluru, New Delhi and Tamil Nadu opposing on Sunday opposing the judgement.

In Tamil Nadu, Lord Ayyappa devotees have taken out a protest march in Chennai from Kodambakkam high road to Mahalingapuram Sree Ayyappa Temple.

On September 28, a five-judge constitutional bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice RF Nariman, Justice Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra gave the verdict.

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CJI Dipak Misra reading out the verdict had said, "Women no way inferior to men. On one hand, women are worshipped as Goddesses, but there are restrictions on the other hand. Relationship with God can't be defined by biological or physiological factors."

"Devotees of Lord Ayyappa are Hindus, don't constitute a separate religious denomination. No physiological and biological factor can be given legitimacy if it doesn't pass the test of conditionality. Restrictions put by Sabarimala temple can't be held as essential religious practice," he added.

A batch of petitions was filed by a group of five lawyers who challenged the restriction on women “of menstruating age” to enter the Sabarimala Temple. Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, representing the petitioners had argued that the restrictions went against Articles 14, 15 and 17 of the Constitution, were discriminatory in nature and denounced women.

"The practice of barring women in age group of 10-50 to go inside the temple is violative of constitutional principles," the Chief Justice said.

"Right to worship is given to all devotees and there can be no discrimination on the basis of gender," he added.