SC Allows Entry of Women at Sabarimala: Cong, BJP Welcome Verdict
In a 4:1 verdict, the Supreme Court granted women of all age groups entry into Kerala's Sabarimala temple, breaking the temple's age-old tradition of restricting menstruating women from entering its premises.
While pronouncing the judgment, CJI Misra said a woman is not inferior to a man and patriarchy cannot be permitted to win over faith, while Justice Chandrachud said to treat women as children of a lesser god is to blink at the Constitution itself.
Justice Indu Malhotra, on the other hand, being the only woman and the dissenting judge in the 4:1 verdict, said issues of deep religious sentiments should not see the court’s interference.
Politicians across the spectrum have welcomed the verdict.
Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi, while talking to ANI, said the judgment opens up and brings the way forward for Hinduism.
Mariam Dhawale, General Secretary of All India Democratic Women's Association, called the verdict another step towards equality.
Congress leaders also supported the Supreme Court’s stand, saying this is a progressive move towards gender equality.