Saturday, February 6, 2016

Women can’t be allowed inside Sabarimala temple, says State govt

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State government has informed the Supreme Court that it was not interested in allowing entry for women in Sabarimala temple. This was mentioned in the new affidavit filed by the government.

The belief goes that Sabarimala Ayappan is a celibate and allowing entry for girls and women (10-50 yrs) was against the tradition and belief.

The right to take decision regarding temple customs was vested with the temple priest and not with the government. The current affidavit is completely different from the one filed by the LDF government in 2008. The LDF government had stated that, in any temple, entry should be allowed to all believers, irrespective of their gender.  

The Travancore Devaswom board also approached the Supreme with an affidavit that argued against the entry for all women in Sabarimala.

On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear the Public Interest Litigation, demanding entry for women in Sabarimala.

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