13, Feb 2016
The bench also took note of Kerala government’s recent stand and termed it as “somersault” saying, “You have filed an affidavit by taking an opposite stand. We will test it also as to whether a can take a somersault or u-turn”.
By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 13, 2016 4:54 am
The Supreme Court Friday questioned the practice of banning women from Kerala’s Sabarimala temple, and wondered if man-made customs can prescribe such prohibition when “the God does not discriminate between men and women”.
A bench led by Justice Dipak Misra said it would examine the issue of ban on entry of women of menstrual age in the temple on “constitutional parameters”, and adjudge whether this practice was “intricately fundamental” to religious customs and hence cannot be interfered with.
“The God does not discriminate between men and women, so why should there be gender discrimination in the premises of the temple,” observed the bench as it quoted from a mythological story about Sati Anusuya, who had turned Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh into children.