New Delhi: A PIL was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking orders to allow women of all ages to enter all temples, mosques, churches and pray along with men. The move comes a few days after the Supreme Court allowed entry of women aged between 10 to 50 years to Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. Also Read - Unlock 1.0: Preparations Begin, Tirupati to Open From June 11 | Know What is Opening And When
The PIL also demands that women should not be barred from being ordained as priests in temples and churches and should be allowed to lead prayers in mosques. Also Read - Woman Develops 'Panic Button' for Victims of Domestic Violence Which Will Alert the Police When Pressed
Earlier in September, the Supreme Court, in a landmark judgement, removed all restrictions imposed by Sabarimala Temple with regard to entry of women between the ages of 10 to 50. While pronouncing the order the then Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said that the ban in place violated Constitutional principles and that women’s rights cannot be subverted as they are in no way less than men. Also Read - Unlock 1.0: Tarapith, Tirupati, Jagannath, Meenakshi Temples | What is Opening And From When?
Allowing women of all ages to enter the holy site, the court said that no physiological and biological factor can be given legitimacy if it doesn’t pass the test of conditionality. The top court said that devotees of Lord Ayyappa are Hindus and do not constitute a separate religious denomination, while adding that restrictions put by Sabarimala temple cannot be held as essential religious practice.
The verdict was pronounced by the bench presided by CJI Dipak Misra and comprising Justices Rohinton Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, in which Justice Malhotra had a dissenting view.
The apex court’s verdict, however, didn’t go well with certain sectors. Since October 26, the Kerala police had arrested over 3,300 protesters who launched violent protests against the entry of women in the Sabarimala temple during the five days when the shrine was opened for devotees for monthly puja. At least 517 cases were registered at various police stations across Kerala, the authorities have revealed.