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Sabarimala Temple: Supreme Court to hear scope of judicial review today

The Supreme Court will, on Monday, hear a clutch of petitions that sought the entry of women of all ages into the Sabarimala shrine

Sabarimala Temple: Supreme Court to hear scope of judicial review today
New Delhi, First Published Feb 3, 2020, 8:58 AM IST
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New Delhi: A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court will, on Monday (February 3), hear the petition regarding women's entry into Sabarimala Temple and frame questions in the matter.

Chief Justice (CJI) SA Bobde had on Thursday said that the court would examine the matter and hear the scope of judicial review on the point of religious faith and women's rights.

Earlier, the CJI had fixed ten days for concluding the hearing on the petition seeking women's entry into Sabarimala temple, mosques, and Parsi Agiyari.

On January 13, the Supreme Court had said that it would only hear the questions referred to in the review order passed by it in November last year in the Sabarimala Temple case, which allowed women and girls of all age groups to visit the shrine in Kerala.

The top court had in November last year, observed that the entry of women into places of worship is not just limited to the Sabarimala Temple, but also includes issues like allowing Muslim and Parsi women to enter religious practice.

The court is hearing a clutch of petitions seeking reconsideration of its September 2018 judgment that lifted the bar on menstruating women from worshipping in the Sabarimala temple.

The apex court in a landmark 4:1 ruling had set aside decades-old restrictions on the entry of women of menstruating age inside the temple.

The verdict had sparked a series of protests across Kerala, which eventually led to the filing of several petitions seeking review of the top court's order challenging the authority of the court to intervene in the belief of people.

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