Sabari­mala Ban Vi­o­lates Con­sti­tu­tion: SC

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New Delhi: Deny­ing women the right to en­ter and pray in the his­toric Sabari­mala tem­ple in Ker­ala can­not be jus­ti­fied on the ba­sis of tra­di­tions which vi­o­lated con­sti­tu­tional prin­ci­ple, the Supreme Court has said.

“You can­not deny en­try of women based on tra­di­tions which are against the prin­ci­ples of the Con­sti­tu­tion,” said a three-judge bench headed by jus­tice Di­pak Misra. The bench, also com­pris­ing jus­tices V Gopala Gowda and Kurian Joseph, did not agree, for the time be­ing, with the con­tention that the plea seek­ing en­try of women into the tem­ple be re­ferred to a five-judge Con­sti­tu­tion Bench. “In case we feel later that sub­stan­tial ques­tions of con­sti­tu­tional im­por­tance are there, then we may re­fer it to the Con­sti­tu­tion Bench,” it said.

At one point, the bench took strong note of the sub­mis­sion of se­nior ad­vo­cate Indira Jais­ing that women have be­come “neo-har­i­jans” of In­dia.

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