Welcome Sabarimala verdict, says Kerala government

Supreme Court opens Sabarimala Temple gates to women of all ages

The Supreme Court Friday paved the way for entry of women of all ages into the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala.

The Sabarimala shrine, located northeast of Pathanamthitta in a tiger reserve, is dedicated to the Hindu deity Ayyappan.

Millions of devotees visit the temple every year to seek the blessings of Lord Ayyappa, the presiding deity who is believed to be celibate.

Stating that society needs to undergo a perceptual shift, Misra said: "Patriarchy in religion can not be permitted to trump over elements of pure devotion borne out of faith and the freedom to practise and profess one's religion".

Responding to the verdict, Devaswom Board President A. Padmakumar said the Board would implement the court order in consultation with the State government, the Tantri (chief priest) and representatives of the Pandalam Palace, which is by tradition linked to the temple.

Kerala's Left Front government had favoured the entry of women of all age groups into the temple.

She concluded that worshippers of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala Temple constitute a religious denomination and the practices followed by this sect constitute a code of conduct, which is the essential spiritual discipline related to the pilgrimage.

Iran holds mass funerals for victims of military parade attack
Haley was asked about comments made on Saturday night after the attack by President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Iranian leaders blamed the USA and Israel and threatened retaliation. "The thing he's got to do is look in the mirror".

Bill Cosby Arrives to Court Before Sentencing, Faces Up to 30 Years
Lublin said Cosby assaulted her in 1989 while Lasha said she was assaulted in 1986 when she was an aspiring actress. More than 60 other women have accused Cosby of sexual assaults dating back decades.

Trump Urged Spain to Build Wall Across Sahara
Trump's plan for a border wall along the US-Mexico border has encountered many obstacles in US Congress. Trump and his wall promise has sparked a concern since his United States election campaign in 2016.

Four judges supported the lifting of ban whereas Justice Indu Malhotra proposed a dissenting opinion supporting the ban. It will have far reaching implications for other places of worships.

The Friday ruling is the latest in a number of Supreme Court rulings which have seen India relax many of its conservative and controversial laws. "Women are not lesser or inferior to man. Patriarchy of religion can not be permitted to trump over faith", Misra said while reading out judgement for himself and Justice Khanwilkar. But with the 3:1 verdict throwing open the gates of the temple to women, ending years of discrimination, it is a big win which calls for a big celebration.

Women were also prevented from entering Mumbai's Haji Ali Dargah mausoleum until the high court scrapped the rule in 2016.

The case comes to notice to Supreme Court in 2006, when a group of five women challenged the rule prohibiting women from entering the Sabarimala Temple. He noted that the prohibition of women is not due to religious reasons but due to non-religious reasons and it is a grim shadow of discrimination going on for centuries.

They also say they will appeal to the Supreme Court for a review of the ruling.

Justice DY Chandrachud in his judgment responded in the most articulate way to this argument: "The assumption in such a claim is that a deviation from the celibacy and austerity observed by the followers would be caused by the presence of women".

Related news:

loading...

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New low: United, Mourinho crash to minnows
Sep 29, 2018 - 20:42
Mourinho said on Sky Sports shortly before kick-off that Pogba and others had been "rested" for the Derby game. That if Mourinho goes you'll see a new Pogba , you won't, I can assure Manchester United fans you won't.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jimmy Butler wants to be traded to Heat, report says
Sep 29, 2018 - 20:40
That came in a report from Marc Stein of the New York Times in which he cited National Basketball Association sources. On Tuesday, Thibodeau said Minnesota plans to "honor his request" and is now "seeing what is out there".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Woman details sexual assault allegation against Trump court nominee
Sep 28, 2018 - 01:15
Even President Donald Trump, who nominated Kavanaugh and fiercely defends him, said he was "open to changing my mind". Earlier this month, Ford came forward and accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault , according to The Washington Post.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Adultery Law Scrapped: Delhi On Sex Outside Marriage
Sep 28, 2018 - 00:32
The law criminalised consensual sexual relations between a man and a married woman without the consent of her husband. The Legislature has imposed a condition on sexuality of women by making adultery as offence, he said .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho have an argument at the Carrington grounds
Sep 27, 2018 - 01:35
I don't think so", Mourinho said. "I think the World Cup is the flawless habitat for a player like him to give [their] best", Mourinho told ESPN FC .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Michael Kors to take control of Versace, say sources
Sep 27, 2018 - 01:11
Last year , the American group bought Jimmy Choo - whose stilettos were made famous by TV series Sex and the City - for $1.35bn. LVMH, PVH Corp. and Tapestry also looked at Versace in recent months, according to a report on Sunday by Women's Wear Daily .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Russia sends missiles to boost Syrian air defences
Sep 26, 2018 - 01:34
Russian plans with regard to the S-300, which the United States also opposes, will be an important part of that conversation. Israel strongly disputed the assertion and vowed it will continue to act against Iranian targets in neighboring Syria .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top China slams USA 'intimidation' as new tariffs kick in
Sep 25, 2018 - 01:17
The pair have slapped tit-for-tat tariffs on $50 billion ($A68 billion) worth of goods since the trade war kicked off. The toughly worded report said Beijing wants a "reasonable solution" but gave no indication of possible concessions.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dallas police officer accused in neighbors death fired
Sep 25, 2018 - 00:29
After completing an internal investigation, the police department said Guyger was "terminated for her actions" during her arrest. When she opened the door, she saw the interior was almost completely dark, according to the affidavit.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Woods, Rose tied for halfway lead at Tour Championship
Sep 23, 2018 - 20:41
Woods is just 18 holes away from ending a five-year wait for a tournament win. "I feel good about it". He would finish with a round-of-the-day 65 for a three-stroke lead over Rose and Rory McIlroy .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Graeme Souness' Obsession Continues As He Criticises Paul Pogba Again
Sep 22, 2018 - 02:22
It is also about getting the right ones and I think they've got good young players and got also good experienced, stable players". But Mourinho continues to put his faith in Pogba and has made him captain in the absence of Antonio Valencia.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Southampton short on strikers for Liverpool match
Sep 22, 2018 - 02:21
If you create these chances, you'll make mistakes. "He had, for sure, moments like this, but he's such a positive [person]. It wasn't like he finished last season, but he needed time last year and he will take time this year.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The Browns won so now those beer fridges are open
Sep 22, 2018 - 02:06
Fans of the Cleveland Browns were able to celebrate their first win since 2016 with free beer Thursday night. Landry was a major beneficiary of Mayfield's entrance, catching eight passes for 103 yards for the game.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Stephen Jackson, Andrew Wiggins feud over Jimmy Butler
Sep 21, 2018 - 02:47
Wiggins , meanwhile, has been said to be bothered by being relegated to the team's third offensive option behind Butler and Towns. With everything that is going on surrounding him, it will be inevitable to see him with a new team possibly sooner than later.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Amazon leaks forthcoming Echo Sub and Alexa-powered Smart Plug
Sep 21, 2018 - 02:06
Amazon kicked off the smart speaker category in 2014 with the release of its first Echo smart speaker and has dominated it since. At a special event in Seattle this afternoon Amazon revealed a range of new products running the Alexa digital assistant.