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Supreme Court to hear petitions challenging its Sabarimala verdict today

Supreme Court to hear petitions challenging its Sabarimala verdict today

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 13 Nov 2018, 10:59 am

New Delhi, Nov 13 (IBNS): The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear a batch of petitions seeking a review of the top court's verdict which allowed menstrual women's entry into Kerala's Sabarimala Temple, media reports said.

The bench comprising Chief Justin of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra will consider the review petitions.

National Association of Ayyappa Devotees, Nair Service Society and 17 other organisations have filed review petitions seeking an alteration of the top court's September 28 verdict.

Women of menstrual age, aged between 10 and 50, were earlier banned from entering the temple for centuries as a part of the religious practice and devotion towards Lord Ayyappa.

Following the top court's verdict, the shrine opened on October 18 for the first time allowing women of the barred age group to enter the temple. However, several men and women had protested outside the temple, trying to prevent the entry of women in the shrine. The temple was closed after five-day puja.

Two women- an activist and a journalist- had attempted to enter the Temple. However, they returned without entering the shrine. The two women turned back after the priest threatened to shut the temple if they don't go back.

Protests had rocked the state in recent times over the verdict with demonstrators not supporting the order of allowing women aged between 10 and 50 from entering the temple.

Though the temple had opened for the second time as well, no woman was able to enter.

Supreme Court to hear petitions challenging its Sabarimala verdict today

India Blooms News Service
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