5 Judges to Decide on Women Rights
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.