5 Judges to De­cide on Women Rights

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: A Con­sti­tu­tion bench of the Supreme Court will de­cide whether Hindu women’s right to equal ac­cess to tem­ples and their fun­da­men­tal right to wor­ship can be over­ruled on the grounds of re­li­gious tra­di­tion.

Women’sright­s­ac­tivist­sand­lawyers­fromKer­ala­had­chal­lengeda Sabarimala tem­ple rule which re­strict­s­theen­tryof wom­enintheir re­pro­duc­tivephaseon­theosten­si­ble grounds that the de­ity was a bach­e­lor. Women aged be­tween 10 and 50 years are not al­lowed to en­ter the tem­ple. A three-judge bench,led­byCJIDi­pakMisra,had ex­am­ined the is­sue at length. The tem­ple’s rules are ul­tra vires the state Act which al­lows equal ac­cess to women to all pub­lic places such as tem­ples. The Con­sti­tu­tion of In­dia guar­an­tees this right too.

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