On Thursday, 14 November, the Supreme Court referred to a seven-member bench 65 review petitions seeking re-examination of its September 2018 verdict which allowed entry of women of all age groups to Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple. For now, women will continue to be allowed entry to the sanctum.
The SC’s landmark judgment came on 28 September 2018, declaring the ban on women of ages 10-40 entering the temple ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘discriminatory’.
Following this, on 2 January, two women created history by entering the sanctorum of the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala.
The entry of Bindu (42) from Koilandy and Kanakadurga (44) from Angadipuram in Malappuram district of Kerala sparked state-wide protests.
Meanwhile, hours after the two women entered the shrine, the temple was closed for “purification rituals.”
The protests had Lord Ayyappa devotees who cited ‘tradition’ to oppose the Supreme Court judgment. On the other side, the fight was spearheaded by women’s rights activists, who were determined to visit the shrine and uphold the SC’s judgment allowing women of all ages to enter.
Here’s all you need to know about the case: