Jaimala welcomes SC verdict on Sabarimala, says women have got justice

Jaimala welcomes SC verdict on Sabarimala, says women have got justice

Justice Nariman read his concurring judgment next, saying, "There is no protection under Article 26 for Ayyappa devotees and therefore the rules will not apply insofar as Sabarimala is concerned".

Justice Misra, who will retire on Tuesday, was heading a five-judge bench which gave a 4-1 verdict.

In July this year, the LDF government restated that gender discrimination should be done away with and that it favors the entry of all women to the temple, irrespective of their age.

"Women are not lesser or inferior to man", CJI Misra said, adding that the patriarchy of religion can not be allowed to trump over faith.

It said religion is a way of life basically to link life with divinity.

Holding the Sabarimala temple is not a denominational temple peculiar to any sect, the court said that the Ayyappa temple belongs to Hindus and does not constitute a separate entity. He said that the temple "may have to" implement the verdict, adding that he will discuss the issue with the government and the Devaswom Board. He also added physiological factors could not be used to deny such rights. There is only a restriction on the women of certain age. However, he said that he will abide by the new judgment since the Supreme court passed it, according to Firstpost.

When the independence of the Temple to pursue the practice of exclusion was sought to be justified by indicating that the Sabarimala Temple does not procure any state funding, the Chief Justice remarked that the only question was if the Temple is a public place, in which case noone could be prohibited from offering prayers to the deity. Women have today got right to equality and we will soon declare a date to enter the Sabarimala Shrine. Ban is religious patriarchy. He commented that despite there being innumerable Lord Jagannath temples, the one in Puri continues to attract worshippers in hoards.

Kerala Minister for Co-Operation, Tourism and Devaswom Kadakampally Surendran said the decision to implement the verdict is on the Travancore Devaswom Board and not the government.

During the arguments on Friday, the apex court observed that menstruation is not impure and that a woman's right to pray was equal to that of a man.

To treat women as the children of a lesser God is to blink at the Constitution. Popular notions about morality can be offensive to dignity of others.

National Commission for Women chief Rekha Sharma said she "welcomed the decision". "The court should not interfere unless if there is any aggrieved person from that section or religion". She said issues which have deep religious connotation should not be tinkered with to maintain secular atmosphere in the country. "When the right to equality and religion are there, right to equality should win".

The present judgment will not be limited to Sabarimala alone and it will have wide ramifications.

Azad comes from a deeply religious Hindu family and has always wanted to visit the shrine with her parents.

What is essential practise in a religion is for the religion to decide. India is a diverse country.

Judges can not intervene and decide on whether a practice is violative of fundamental rights or not. Personal views of judges do not matter. A religious denomination has freedom to believe and even practice even if their beliefs are illogical or irrational.

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