Social justice and progressive social reforms are never a walk in the park. They are hard-fought battles because they go against the grain — against orthodoxy, dogma, prejudice and discrimination. A civilised society is one that sets up institutions, which, if need be, can bring about these changes through legal fiats in line with the principles which are supposed to govern that society. Last year, India’s Supreme Court, an institution which has delivered many wise and progressive judgments, came out with another landmark ruling: It lifted the ban on the entry of women between ages 10 and 50 into Kerala’s Sabarimala temple. The court held the practice discriminatory and unconstitutional and said that women’s right to equality before the law gave them the right to pray at the shrine of Lord Ayyappa.
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First Published: Fri, November 15 2019. 21:54 IST