Previously on 28th September 2018 the Supreme Court gave a landmark judgement by allowing women of all ages in Kerala’s renowned Sabrimala temple. Previously in the year 1991 the Kerala High Court banned the entry of women between 10 and 50 years in the Temple. In a majority four-one judgement the Supreme Court said: “the practice of age restriction on women entry to Sabrimala temple can’t be treated as an essential religious practice”. But the Nair Service Society and the National Ayyappa Devotee (Women) Association started protesting against the verdict of the Supreme Court.
According to them it is believed that the Ayyappa idol is Naishtika Brahmachari(celibate) so that presence of any women aged between 10 -50 will affect the honour and dignity of Lord Ayyappa as for the purpose of protecting Lord Ayyappa’s celibacy it is also believed that he does not want women aged between 10-50 years. Although our Constitution provides equal rights to both men and women and this rule creates a question whether women treated equally in a society or not. Then on 3rd November 2018 the Supreme Court said that the Court, CJI Ranjan Gogoi and Justice SK Kaul and KM Joseph will hear fresh petitions against latest Sabrimala verdict on 13th November. The fresh petitioners demand that Supreme Court should overturn its latest judgement of withdrawing the ban on women of aged 10-50 years old. The astonishing fact is the women devotees of Lord Ayyappa does not want to visit Sabrimala Temple. They do not care about gender equality in the Sabrimala temple, all they care about the dignity of Lord Ayyappa and they want to protect his dignity and celibacy as the practice of this Naishtika Brahmachari of Lord Ayyappa is the fundamental base of Sabrimala Temple.
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