Crack­ers: SC ‘pained’ by com­mu­nal colour

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men’s free en­try into Lord Ayyappa tem­ple at Sabari­mala in Ker­ala and the right to free­dom of man­ag­ing re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tions by those ar­gu­ing for re­spect­ing cus­toms and framed five ques­tions for the cons- titu­tion bench to de­lib­er­ate. The five ques­tions are: * Whether the ex­clu­sion­ary prac­tice, which is based upon a bi­o­log­i­cal fac­tor ex­clu­sive to the fe­male gen­der, amounts to “dis­crim­i­na­tion” The

ban on sale of crack­ers in Delhi will con­tinue till Oc­to­ber 31as the SC re­fused on Fri­day to al­low traders to sell fire­crack­ers dur­ing Di­wali. The bench also ex­pressed an­guish over at­tempts to give a com­mu­nal colour to its or­der say­ing, “We are pained to hear such state­ments.” and thereby vi­o­lates the very core of Ar­ti­cles 14, 15 and 17 and is not pro­tected by “moral­ity” as used in Ar­ti­cles 25 and 26 of the Con­sti­tu­tion?

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