SC reserves verdict on women’s entry in Sabarimala temple

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The Supreme Court on August 1 has reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas challenging the ban on entry of women in the age group of 10-50 into the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

During the hearing of the case, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said that even deity has rights with respect to certain aspects, including ‘Right to Privacy’ but same has to be tested on Constitutional legitimacy.

Advocate Radhakrishnan, arguing for the Pandalam Royal family, told the SC that it should not interfere with the religious practices that have been in place for generations.

A five-judge Constitution bench of the apex court headed by CJI Misra asked the counsels of both sides to compile the submissions and submit before these within seven days.

The bench, comprising of R F Nariman D Y Chandrachud, A M Khanwilkar, and Indu Malhotra, said, “We will pass orders. Judgment reserved. Hearing concluded. Advocate on Record of both the sides will collect written submissions and compile it and submit before the court in seven days.”

The court was hearing a batch of Petitions filed by Indian Young Lawyers Association and others.