SC declines to stay its controversial Sabarimala verdict

The top court of the country has declined to stay the controversial verdict it made on the famous hill temple of South India last month.

But, it has agreed to consider the review petitions filed against the verdict, which supports the entry of women of all ages into the temple as against the temple’s age-old tradition, which bans the entry of women aged between ten and fifty into the premises of the temple.

The case has been considered today by a bench comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Judges R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.

It is learned from the document released by the concerned that the review petitions, as requested by the petitioners, will be considered in open court on 22 January.

The Supreme Court has received as many as forty-eight review petitions in the case so far. Actually, this is the first time this many review petitions have been filed against a verdict which reaffirms a fundamental right assured to all citizens of the country in the constitution of India.

No petitioners have yet come forward with their comments about the court’s latest verdict. Still, it remains unclear how many of them are fully satisfied with the latest verdict the court has given on the issue.

How should the CPI (M)-led Kerala government, who has constitutional, as well as moral, obligation to protest the secular framework of the state, handle the crucial pilgrimage season, which is going to commence within days, if they are not interest to hurt the sentiments of a huge section of people (RSS activists or devotees, whoever it is) who feels the SC verdict allowing women aged between ten and fifty to enter the temple are against their religious beliefs and sentiments?


Vignesh. S. G

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