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SC-SABARIMALA-CHRONOLOGY

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Press Trust of India New Delhi
Following is the chronology of events in which the Supreme Court Friday paved the way for entry of women of all ages into the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala:

*1990: S Mahendran files plea in Kerala High Court seeking ban on women's entry to temple.
*Apr 5, 1991: Kerala HC upholds age-old restriction on women of a certain age-group entering the temple.
*Aug 4, 2006: Indian Young Lawyers Association files plea in SC seeking to ensure entry of female devotees between the age group of 10 to 50 at the Lord Ayappa Temple at Sabarimala.
*Nov 2007: LDF government of Kerala files affidavit supporting PIL questioning ban on women's entry.
*Jan 11, 2016: Two-judge bench of SC questions practice banning entry of women at the temple.
*Feb 6: Congress led UDF government takes U-turn, tells SC it is duty bound to "protect the right to practice the religion of these devotees".
*Apr 11: SC says gender justice endangered by ban on women.
*Apr 13: SC says tradition can't justify ban on women's entry.
*Apr 21: Hind Navotthana Pratishtan and Narayanashrama Tapovanam files plea in SC supporting entry of women.
*Nov 7: LDF government files fresh affidavit in SC saying it favoured the entry of women of all age groups.
*Oct 13, 2017: SC refers the case to constitution bench.
*Oct 27: Plea filed in SC for gender-equal bench to hear the case.
*Jul 17, 2018: Five-judge constitution bench starts hearing the matter.
*Jul 19: SC says women have fundamental right to enter the temple and questioned the rationale behind the age group.
*Jul 24: SC made it clear that the ban on entry of women would be tested on "constitutional ethos".
*Jul 25: Nair Service Society tells SC the celibate nature of Sabarimala temple's presiding deity Lord Ayyappa is protected by the Constitution.
*Jul 26: SC observes it can't remain oblivious to ban on entry of women as they were barred on "physiological ground" of menstruation.
*Jul 31: SC says constitutional scheme prohibiting exclusion has "some value" in a "vibrant democracy".
*Aug 1: SC reserves verdict.
*Sep 28: SC, in 4:1 verdict, allows entry of women in Sabrimala temple, says banning females' entry into the shrine is gender discrimination and the practice violates rights of Hindu women.

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First Published: Sep 28 2018 | 4:10 PM IST

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