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What Is The Sabarimala Temple Case?

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| September 28 , 2018 , 10:52 IST

The Supreme Court pronounced its verdict on the case pertaining to the entry of women in the Sabrimala Temple on Friday, allowing women of all ages to enter the temple.

A five judge constitutional bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice RF Nariman, Justice Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra had reserved their judgment in the matter on August 1.

What is the Sabarimala case?

A batch of petition was filed by a group of five lawyers. The petition challenges the Rule 3(b) of the Kerala Hindu Places of Public Worship (Authorisation of Entry) Rules, 1965, which authorises restriction on women “of menstruating age”.

Senior Advocate Indira Jaising, who is representing the petitioners had argued that the restrictions went against Articles 14, 15 and 17 of the Constitution. She further alleged that the custom is discriminatory in nature and denounced women.

Senior Counsel Jaising further appealed the court that women should be allowed to pray at the place of their choice.

Equality Is Integral

Keeping in view that equality is the fundamental right of each and every citizen and an integral part of our constitution, the bench had observed “What applies to a man applies to a womanas well” and that once you open something for the public, anyone can go.

Justice DY CHandrachud in a previous hearing had said, “Your (intervener) right to pray being a woman, is equal to that of a man and it is not dependent on a law to enable you to do that.”