Hyderabad, Sep 28 (PTI) Retired Supreme Court Judge N Santosh Hegde welcomed the apex court judgement Friday paving the way for entry of women of all ages into the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala. Also Read - COVID-19+ Cases in Maharashtra Rise to 1,297, Death Toll Stands at 72
“I fully agree with the judgement. All through…for decades…women were discriminated as another human being. Also Read - Jharkhand Registers First Covid-19 Death As 72-Year-Man Succumbs to the Virus in Bokaro
God is the same for both man and woman,” the former Solicitor General of India told PTI. Also Read - COVID-19 Hangs Over The Future Like a Spectre: RBI Monetary Policy Report
“Their biological differences cannot be a ground for the purpose of refusing entry into the temple. I think Supreme Court recently has been giving some very positive and good decisions. This is a also very good one. I fully agree with it,” the former Karnataka Lokayukta added.
The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in its 4:1 verdict, said that banning the entry of women into the shrine is gender discrimination and the practice violates rights of Hindu women.
The CJI said the practice of exclusion of women of 10-50 age group cannot be regarded as essential religious practice and Kerala law denies rights to women on ground of physiological reasons.
This is published unedited from the PTI feed.