Sabarimala Temple Row: SC Refers Case to 7-Member Bench

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Nov. 14/11 – The Supreme Court on Thursday referred the Sabarimala issue regarding the entry of women to the temple located in Kerala to a larger bench and ruled out to put stay on the entry of the females till the next judgement. 

Last year, the court lifted the ban on centuries-old practice of entry of women and girls aged between 10 and 50 into temple. The decision had resulted into a large scale dissatisfaction among the traditional devotees and they protested against the verdict and even did not allow any women into the sanctum sanctorum. 

Then a review petition was filed against the verdict. Keeping eye on the sentiments of the devotees, today the apex court referred the matter to a seven member bench. Till then, women can enter into the temple. 

The matter creates a stand off between the state government led by Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Bharatiya Janata Party. The left party alleges that the BJP is the behind of the protest; however, the latter says the CPI(M) is trying to ruin the culture of the Hindu tradition. 

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