Tem­ple rul­ing stays: min­is­ter

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CHIEF Min­is­ter Pi­narayi Vi­jayan has de­clared the Ker­ala gov­ern­ment won’t file a re­view pe­ti­tion against a Supreme Court rul­ing that women in the age group of 10 to 50 can also en­ter the famed Sabari­mala tem­ple.

“It is not pos­si­ble to file a re­view pe­ti­tion by the Ker­ala gov­ern­ment against the ver­dict as we had told the apex court in our af­fi­davit that we will abide by what­ever the court rules. Hence it’s not now pos­si­ble to file a re­view pe­ti­tion,” said Vi­jayan, amid wide­spread protests against the Septem­ber 28 ver­dict.

Vi­jayan pointed out a few in­stances where women in the banned age group had en­tered the tem­ple in the past and how some tra­di­tions at the tem­ple had un­der­gone changes.

“What ev­ery­one should un­der­stand is that this present rul­ing has come not be­cause the state gov­ern­ment filed a pe­ti­tion. This has been heard at the Ker­ala High Court and the fi­nal rul­ing came from the apex court. Now that it has come, we will ad­here to it,” he said.

In a ma­jor­ity 4:1 judg­ment, the Supreme Court said the ban on women in the men­stru­at­ing age group, whose pres­ence in the Lord Ayyappa tem­ple was con­sid­ered to be “im­pure”, vi­o­lated their fun­da­men­tal rights and con­sti­tu­tional guar­an­tee of equal­ity. The Nair Ser­vice So­ci­ety, the so­cial and cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tion of the Hindu Nair com­mu­nity, yes­ter­day filed a re­view pe­ti­tion against the apex court ver­dict. – IANS

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