Sabarimala Row: TDB takes a U-turn, supports SC verdict on entry of women

Updated: Feb 07, 2019, 10:20 IST | Agencies

In the forenoon, the Kerala government took the stand that it was in agreement with the September 28 last year verdict and had urged dismissal of petitions seeking review of the verdict

Sabarimala Row: TDB takes a U-turn, supports SC verdict on entry of women
Hindu activists hold placards bearing the image of the Kerala CM and shout slogans outside Kerala State House, in New Delhi. File Pic/AFP

The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which runs the Sabarimala temple in Kerala, took a U-turn in the Supreme Court on Wednesday by supporting its verdict, which had allowed women of all age groups to enter the shrine.

The Board, which also comprises the state government nominees, told a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that it is high time that a particular class not be discriminated on the ground of "biological attributes".

In the forenoon, the Kerala government took the stand that it was in agreement with the September 28 last year verdict and had urged dismissal of petitions seeking review of the verdict.

"Article 25 (1) equally entitles all persons to practice religion," Senior Advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for TDB, told the bench, which also comprises Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra. The Board had earlier vehemently opposed the PIL by Indian Young Lawyers' Association saying that the celibate character of Lord Aiyappa at Sabarimala temple was a unique religious feature, which was protected under the Constitution.

"Women cannot be excluded from any walk of life on biological attributes... equality is the dominant theme of the Constitution", said Dwivedi adding that people should gracefully accept the apex court verdict.

Exclusion of women not essential: Govt
Exclusion of women from temples is not essential to the Hindu religion, the Kerala government said on Wednesday vehemently opposing in the Supreme Court a batch of petitions seeking review of its verdict allowing the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala temple.

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