The Apex Court in its recent verdict regarding the Sabarimala Temple issue
has lifted the ban regarding the entry of menstruating women from age 10 to 50.
All the females irrespective of their age can now enter the temple. A
constitutional bench of 5 judges comprising of the Chief Justice of India Dipak
Misra, Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra
has put an end to the centuries old tradition by 4:1 majority by proclaiming
the practice discriminatory in nature. The Sabarimala Temple has turned into a
battleground and the controversies are highlighting the religious fault lines.
The issue altogether has taken a political twist as well.
The practice of restricting the women’s of age group 10-50 to enter the temple
was challenged by the petitioner on the ground that it was violation of Article
14, 15 and 25 of the Indian Constitution.
Article- 14 manifestly enshrines the principle of equality and parity and makes
it clear that every person is equal in the eyes of law implying the absence of
any special privilege in favour of any individual and there should be equal
protection of law implying equal treatment in equal circumstances. Similarly,
Article -15 prohibits discrimination on the ground of religion, gender etc. and
Article -25 declare that all the citizen of India has freedom to propagate,
profess and practice any religion subject to some restrictions. So here the
question arises as to why females are being physically and mentally harassed
from the centuries by persistently making them realize that they are inferior
beings and weaker than the so called males.
In my opinion the practice of restricting the women’s of age group 10-50 to
enter the Sabarimala temple is not only illegal as well as nonsensical because
there can be chances when a female starts menstruating before 9 years and there
can be chances when a women menstruate after 50 years of her age. Just because a
woman bleeds she is prohibited from entering temple giving it a name of
religion. I don’t get concept that when people can worship a goddess for years
and does ‘not cease worshiping her then why do they stop women’s from worshiping
just because she is on her period. They consider women’s impure during that
time, I have seen many women’s they don’t even enter kitchen during those days
just because of the taboo attached. If we read our pious religious books such
as BHAGWAT GEETA or THE RAMAYANA nothing of such sort is written in these books
with reference to a period undergoing women can’t worship the God or the deity
does ‘not want to worshipped by such women. For God what matters is the
feelings & faith not the gender, caste, religion etc.
Now I would to draw your attention to on the arguments put forth by the defense
council that the Deity of the Sabarimala Temple is a CELIBAT Deity that is why
to respect him or to respect his celibacy entry of women from age 10-50 is
banned . Now the question arises how can it be possible that the celibacy of the
deity if effected by the women of age of 10-50 and why not by the women’s of all
age group. I guess the question of celibacy of the Deity should not come forth
in deciding the entry of the women’s in the Temple as he is the god and god is
not expected to do mistakes like humans. He has achieved that level , he should
not be effected by the entry of the women’s in the temple.
I’m glad the Apex court has lifted the ban upon the entry of the women’s and I
highly support the verdict of the honorable Supreme Court where as many person
has presented the dissenting opinion just as Justice Indu Malhotra and the
Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi.
Articles on Sabarimala:
Devotion Cannot Be Subjected To Gender Discrimination, SC Allows Women Entry
In Sabarimala By 4:1 Majority
Freedom of Religion and Sabrimala Judgement (2018)
Violation of Woman right in Sabrimala Temple
Sabrimala Case Verdict
Religion and Equality in Liberal Constitutionalism
A Year of Constitutional Morality
Sabarimala - Prejudices, Misconceptions and Ignorance