Nine-judge SC bench to hear issue of allowing entry of women of all age groups into Sabarimala from today

The top court on Monday issued a notice informing listing of petition filed by Indian Young Lawyers Association seeking review of its historic 2018 judgment allowing women and girls of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple

Press Trust of India January 13, 2020 09:02:45 IST
Nine-judge SC bench to hear issue of allowing entry of women of all age groups into Sabarimala from today
  • A nine-judge constitution bench of Supreme Court will hear from 13 January, the issue of allowing women and girls of all ages to enter Kerala's Sabarimala temple

  • The top court on Monday issued a notice informing listing of petition filed by Indian Young Lawyers Association seeking review of its historic 2018 judgment

  • On 14 November, a five-judge constitution bench in a 3:2 majority verdict had referred to a larger 7-judge bench, the pleas seeking review of its historic 2018 judgment

New Delhi: A nine-judge constitution bench of Supreme Court will hear from 13 January, the issue of allowing women and girls of all ages to enter Kerala's Sabarimala temple along with other contentious issues of alleged discrimination against Muslim and Parsi women.

The top court on Monday issued a notice informing listing of petition filed by Indian Young Lawyers Association seeking review of its historic 2018 judgment allowing women and girls of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple

Ninejudge SC bench to hear issue of allowing entry of women of all age groups into Sabarimala from today

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"Take notice that the following matters will be listed for hearing before a nine judges constitution bench commencing from Monday the 13th January, 2020", the notice said. The names of the nine judges are yet to be announced.

On 14 November, a five-judge constitution bench in a 3:2 majority verdict had referred to a larger 7-judge bench, the pleas seeking review of its historic 2018 judgment allowing women and girls of all ages to enter Sabarimala temple.

It had however said that the debate about the constitutional validity of religious practices like bar on entry of women and girls into a place of worship was not limited to the Sabarimala case.

The top court said such restrictions are there with regard to entry of Muslim women into mosques and 'dargah' and Parsi women, married to non-Parsi men, being barred from the holy fire place of an Agyari. It said that it was time for the apex court to evolve a judicial policy to do "substantial and complete justice".

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