Woman's right to pray equal to that of man: Supreme Court on Sabarimala Row

by Kerala | 18-07-2018 | 1482 views

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said women have the constitutional right to enter Sabarimala temple in Kerala and pray like men without being discriminated against.

A five judge constitution bench headed by chief justice Deepak Mishra which is hearing a petition challenging the decision of the devaswom board banning entry of women of age group 10 to 50 years said that even if there was no law, the women cannot be discriminated against with regard to offering prayer in a temple.

"When a man can enter a woman can also go. What applies to a man a place to a woman also," the bench also comprising justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra observed.

"The right to enter a temple is not dependent on a legislation, it is a constitutional right", the bench said adding that this right is enshrined under article 25 and 26 of the constitution.

The top court was informed by the Kerala government that it also supported the entry of women of all age groups in the temple.

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