Women should be allowed to enter Sabarimala until a larger SC bank decides: Trupti Desai

NEW DELHI: The women's rights activist said Thursday that women should be allowed to enter the temple until a seven-judge Supreme Court court issues a verdict on the issue, and promised to offer prayers in the sanctuary when it is open for worship.

What I understand is that until the court order arrives, the entrance is open to women and no one should protest against it. People who say there is no discrimination at all are wrong, because women of specific ages are not allowed there. I am offering prayers on November 16, Desai, based in Pune, told reporters after SC's verdict.

Desai had made an unsuccessful attempt to enter the temple in November last year, weeks after the Supreme Court lifted the ban that prevented women and girls between 10 and 50 from entering the famous Ayyappa shrine in Kerala and said the Centenary Hindu religious practice was illegal and unconstitutional.

In a batch of petitions seeking the revision of its September 2018 ruling on the subject of Sabarimala, the Supreme Court said Thursday that restrictions on women in religious places were not only limited to Sabarimala and prevailed in other religions, so as they sent all review requests to a larger bank of seven judges.

The women's rights activist, Kavita Krishnan, questioned why the petition for review was sent to a larger bank.

SC, as a rule, rejects review requests. The petition for review in Sec. 377 was rejected. But the verdict of Sabarimala is referred to a larger bank! ... SC is giving us the clear impression that the verdicts, the treatment of review requests are influenced by what pleases/dislikes those in power, he tweeted, referring to the court's ruling on the same-sex consensual relationship .

The majority verdict said nothing adverse against the decision of the apex court of September 28, 2018 that allowed women to enter the sanctuary nor suspended the previous ruling.

Social activist and petitioner in the case of Sabarimala, Rahul Easwar thanked the decision of the Supreme Court to refer the case to a court of seven judges.

There is an implicit admission that the previous verdict should be reviewed. I think it is a positive step in the right direction and we should welcome that. Please do not interfere in any matter of faith, India is a land of great pluralism and faith freedom. It is the greatness of India that we are culturally diverse, he told reporters.