Sabarimala verdict: SC to pronounce judgment on review pleas today

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The Supreme Court will on Thursday pronounce its verdict on review pleas of its decision to allow entry of women of all age groups in Kerala’s Sabarimala temple.

The top court will deliver its judgement on 65 petitions (56 – review petitions) which were filed after its verdict in September 2018.

The apex court, by a majority verdict of 4:1 had lifted the ban that prevented women and girls between the age of 10 and 50 from entering the shrine in Kerala.

The bench includes CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justices RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.

After the Supreme Court verdict in 2018, violent protests triggered in Kerala. Female devotees as well as journalists were attacked by devotees near the Sabarimala Temple. 

Several educational institutions were forced to close amid widespread protests across Kerala.

A number of petitions were filed in the Top Court, seeking review of its verdict.

In a landmark verdict, the top court had, on September 28, 2018, opened the gates of Sabarimala temple to the women and girls between the age of 10 and 50.