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    SC 9-judge bench commences hearing on pleas on discrimination against women at religious places

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    The apex court had on November 14 asked a larger bench to re-examine various religious issues, including the entry of women into the Sabarimala Temple and mosques and the practice of female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community.

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    "We are not hearing review pleas of Sabarimala case. We are considering issues referred to by a 5-judge bench earlier," the bench said.
    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday commenced hearing on issues related to discrimination against women in various religions and at religious places including Kerala's Sabarimala Temple. A nine-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said that it was not considering review pleas in the Sabarimala case.

    "We are not hearing review pleas of Sabarimala case. We are considering issues referred to by a 5-judge bench earlier," the bench said.

    The apex court had on November 14 asked a larger bench to re-examine various religious issues, including the entry of women into the Sabarimala Temple and mosques and the practice of female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community.

    While the five-judge bench unanimously agreed to refer religious issues to a larger bench, it gave a 3:2 split decision on petitions seeking a review of the apex court's September 2018 decision allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala.

    A majority verdict by then Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra decided to keep pending pleas seeking a review of its decision regarding entry of women into the shrine, and said restrictions on women in religious places was not restricted to Sabarimala alone and was prevalent in other religions as well.

    The minority verdict by Justices R F Nariman and D Y Chandrachud gave a dissenting view by dismissing all review pleas and directing compliance of its September 28 decision.
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    4 Comments on this Story

    Dr S Sundaramoorthy376 days ago
    Already the court has held women can enter Sabarimala temple, but in practice it is not happening yet. Hence, even after this judgement now commenced, we may not see any real time impact. Why not make live telecast mandatory and that means these women-even someone on deathbed-can have a heart to heart darshan. The sabarimala temple Board is making Hundreds of crores every season and they can surely afford to install live relay. There is the case of Somnath temple telecasting , live. The sanctity is not lost there. Does it mean there are various grades of sanctity? Similarly, why not
    Tirumala Balaji Darshan. The court must address this aspect also suo moto
    vivek beri376 days ago
    judge-mints-at-wok..
    Kishore Shivani376 days ago
    A QUESTION TO THE BENCH "CHECK WITH YOUR WIVES THAT WHEN THERE IS ANY RELIGIOUS CEREMONY AT HOME ARE WOMEN HAVING PERIODS ALLOWED TO TAKE PART IN THE PUJA IF THIS IS NOT ALLOWED IN THEIR OWN HOUSES HOW CAN THEY PERMIT IN PUBLIC PLACES.
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