The Supreme Court of India on Friday (Dec 13) refused to pass any orders on petitions seeking protection for women who wish to enter the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.
“The situation at the moment is explosive. We don’t want any violence,” a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Justice SA Bobde told senior advocate Colin Gonsalves. “This is an age old practice going on for thousands of years. Balance of convenience requires that no order should be passed in your favour now. The matter is under reference and if it is ultimately decided in your favour, we will protect you,” the Bench said.
Please have patience. We are not saying don’t allow her to go in, but we are not looking at passing any order right now,” the Bench said. It said, “If she can go and pray, we don’t have any problem. We get your point that a court would pass such an order. But we are using our discretion and will not be passing any order,” the Bench said.
Despite the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to lift restrictions on the entry of women at Sabarimala hill shrine in central Kerala, India, women are still barred from entering to the temple.
Sabarimala is a Hindu temple in Kerala, India. Traditionally, women between age from 10 to 50 cannot enter into the temple of respect to the celibate nature of the deity in this temple. A Kerala high-court judgement legalized this practice and forbade women from entering the temple since 1991. In September 2018, a judgement of the Supreme Court of India ruled that all pilgrims regardless of gender, including women in the menstruating age group, should be allowed entrance to Sabarimala.
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