Supreme Court moves Sabarimala case to a 7-judge bench
Supreme Courtis reviewing the entry of women of all ages into the temple.
- The Supreme Court today moved the matter to a seven member bench, from the current five bench judgement.
- Before the last SC verdict women of menstruating age were not allowed to enter the temple because the deity is believed to celibate.
The Court needs time to review the matter, said a lawyer who was speaking outside the Supreme Court.
The top court is reviewing the entry of women of all ages into the temple. Before the last SC verdict women of menstruating age were not allowed to enter the temple because the deity is believed to celibate. Today's appeal is expected to settle the debate once and for all.
The Supreme Court with a 5-judge bench led by
Last year, in a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court had allowed menstruating women between the age group of 10-50 to enter the temple. The earlier verdict was passed by a 5-judge bench which included the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and Justices A. M. Khanwilkar, R. F. Nariman, Indu Malhotra and D. Y. Chandrachud.
It wasn’t a unanimous judgment with the only woman on the panel Justice Indu Malhotra opposing the decision where she had said that the rational arguments cannot be applied to matters of religion and that religious practices are more complex than the right to equality.
Then, the body which manages the
Since then, the temple has seen multiple protests from both sides of the party – the temple authorities have challenged the court’s verdict, while women have on different occasions sneaked into the temple and were escorted by cops.
The Mandala season is here
From Wednesday, the security at Sabarimala temple, which opens its doors on Sunday for devotees for the two-month long festival, has been tightened before the verdict.
According to IANS, the police have classified the two month long season — from November to January — into four segments with the first two weeks starting on November 15 to November 29 and in all 2,551 police personnel would be posted in and around the temple complex.