SC to hear Sabarimala temple review petitions today

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A nine-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court will on Monday hear a batch of petitions seeking review of the 2018 judgement in Sabarimala temple case, which allowed women of all age groups to visit the shrine.

The top court had on January 6 issued a notice informing about the listing. On December 13, the court had said that its 2018 order on Sabarimala temple issue was “not final” as the matter is pending before a seven-judge bench, which, it had said, will be constituted soon.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde had made these observations while passing an order on a petition filed by two activists — Bindu Ammini and Fathima A S — seeking safe passage for women inside the shrine.

“There is a judgment (allowing women entry) in the Sabarimala temple, but it is equally true that the issue has been referred to a larger Bench. We do not want any violence,” the court had observed.

The apex court, however, granted police protection to the two activists. In November, a man had sprayed chilli and pepper on Bindu’s face when she was on her way to Sabarimala temple. Fathima had also tried to enter the shrine.

The court had in the year 2018 allowed women of all age groups to visit the Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala, following which a batch of review petitions was filed. Allowing their review petitions, the court had last month referred the matter to a larger bench.

(With ANI inputs)

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