In another landmark judgement today, the Supreme Court of India opened the doors of the Sabarimala Temple of women in the age group of 10-50. The SC noted that the practice was an illegal and unconstitutional one and banned it.

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According to the Times of India, the top court stated that all devotees are equal and there could not be any discrimination on the basis of gender.

Source: The Hindu

Banning women in the age group of 10-50 was violative of constitutional principles, SC said.

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The court was also of the opinion that the dignity of a person cannot be subjected to a mob morality.

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The SC bench also said that the menstruation status of a woman cannot be ground to deny her entry into any temple and termed the practice illegal.

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Shockingly, the only one amongst the SC bench to vote otherwise was Justice Indu Malhotra, the only woman on the panel.

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She was of the opinion that the existing practices at Sabarimala constituted a separate denomination and they should be allowed to practice their beliefs, including the one about not letting women inside the temple.

Source: The Week

Well, the Supreme Court has spoken. And from this day, the century-old custom to not let women between the age of 10-50, worship in the Sabarimala temple had now been obliterated. We still have a long way to go, but this seems like a good start.