News By/Courtesy: Rishabh saxena | 05 Nov 2018 0:19am IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • After the heated debate on Sabarimala judgement.
  • end all gender-discriminatory practices, in all faiths
  • make these acts of discrimination a penal offence

After the heated debate on Sabarimala judgement, a petition was moved by the Sanjjiiv kumar a social activist & director of an NGO Knewmax Benevolent Foundation in the Delhi High Court seeking to end all gender-discriminatory practices, in all faiths and make the acts of discrimination a penal offence including the age-old isolation and ban of women entering into the kitchen during menstruation.

The Delhi High Court two-judge bench consists of Justice Rajendra Menon and VK Rao dismissed the petition saying it lacked ‘territorial jurisdiction.’ Bench stated “Petitioner has not indicated which of the temples mentioned on the petition is under the jurisdiction of this court. None of the temples indicated here are within the territorial jurisdiction of this Court. We are not inclined to entertain it

Petitioner also had sought direction from the court to ensure an end to the discriminatory religious practices:

  • ensure menstruating/ non-menstruating women of any religion can enter and pray at men only temple anywhere in India and allow men to pray in women-only temples in India. For example- Attukal Temple, Bhagati Maa Temple, and Kamrup Kamakhya Temple etc.
  • ensure women of any religion can enter and pray at Zoroastrian Fire Temple and Temple of Silence.
  • Ensure women of any religion can enter and pray at mosque along with men on Friday and non-Friday prayers.
  • Ensure women of Muslim religion can observe fast and offer prayer in a mosque
  • Ensure women in Hindu religion can observe fast, enter the kitchen, offer prayers or go to any place during menstruation and more.

The petitioner stressed on the need to end to various discriminatory practices in different faiths through a combined reading of the Supreme Court verdict in privacy judgment (Puttaswamy vs. Union of India) and the Sabarimala Judgement (Indian Young Association vs. State of Kerala).

He relied heavily on Privacy and Sabarimala Judgment to say exclusion of women to pray based on various social constraints violates their Right to Privacy (Bodily Integrity of Women).

Section Editor: UTKARSH JAISWAL | 05 Nov 2018 0:32am IST


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