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Sabarimala verdict LIVE: SC delays ruling on ban on women entering temple
The Supreme Court of India delivered its verdict on Sabarimala. Catch LIVE updates reactions that follow SC verdict on Sabarimala temple
Sabarimala vedict LIVE updates: The court said that restrictions on women in religious places was not limited to Sabarimala alone and was prevalent in other religions as well as it referred all review pleas to a larger seven-judge bench.
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, reading the verdict on behalf of himself and Justices A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra, said the larger bench will decide all such religious issues relating to Sabarimala, entry of women in mosques and practice of female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community.
The CJI said the endeavour of the petitioners was to revive debate on religion and faith.
On September 28, 2018, the top court opened the gates of the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala dedicated to Lord Ayyappa to the women in the age group of 10-50, saying it was violative of their fundamental rights and constitutional guarantees.
A Constitution bench, headed by the then CJI Dipak Misra, gave a 4:1 verdict claiming the ban led to gender discrimination. The pathbreaking judgment has left the temple tantris (priests) and those associated with it by tradition disappointed.
While women rights' activist hailed the court's judgment, many politicians and religious leaders expressed disagreement with it and were of the opinion that it would bring an adverse impact on society. It also led to massive protests in Kerala, which resulted in a political slugfest between then ruling CPI-M and the BJP.