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Sabarimala temple: Supreme court questions ban on women

New Delhi , News Nation Bureau | Updated : 11 April 2016, 04:23 PM

Debunking the 400 year tradition, women entered the famous Shani Shingnapur temple and offered prayer. Now, the row has caught fire why other temples have banned the entry of women. The Supreme Court on Monday, lashed out at Sabarimala temple authorities and questioned the ban on the entry of menstruating women in the temple.

The apex court even went on to said whether any old tradition can override the constitutional provisions in this country. The top court observed "What is the basis on which women have been denied entry into temples and anyone can worship God, he is omnipresent".

 This is not the first time that the top court has questioned the ban on the shrine. Earlier this year, the court had said that unless it's a constitutional right, women cannot be prohibited from entering the Sabarimala temple.

 The shrine has a tradition of not allowing women between the age of 10 and 50 and only allowing girls before they attain puberty and women above the age of 50 who are menopausal.  

 In 2015, the head of the temple's board sparked another controversy by saying that women would be able to access the temple only after a body scanner is created to determine which women were pure.  

First Published: Monday, April 11, 2016 04:18 PM
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