Supreme Court refers ban on women’s entry at Sabarimala to constitution bench
The Supreme Court today referred to its constitution bench the matter pertaining to a ban on the entry of women at Kerala’s historic Sabarimala temple. A three-judge bench headed by Chief justice Dipak Misra framed several questions to be dealt with by the constitution bench, including whether the temple can restrict women’s entry.
The constitution bench will also deal with the questions whether this practice amounted to discrimination against the women and violative of their rights under the Constitution.
The management of the Sabarimala temple, located on a hilltop in the Western Ghats of Pathanamthitta district, had earlier told the apex court that the ban on entry of women aged between 10 and 50 years was because they cannot maintain “purity” on account of menstruation.
The court is hearing a plea challenging the practice of banning entry of such women in the temple.