'Sabarimala will become a sex-tourism spot if women are allowed'

Sabarimala Temple

The court is hearing a plea challenging the practice of banning entry of such women in the temple. You can not refuse entry to a woman who comes there.

Some say women are banned as they are considered "unclean" during menstruation, while scholars say that it is because Ayyappa, to whom the temple is dedicated, was celibate. It was argued that such restriction is contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution as enshrined under Articles 25 and 26.

Sabarimala, one of Kerala's most renowned temples which has Lord Ayappa as the presiding deity, does not allow menstruating women to enter the temple.

The Travancore Devasom Board chief claimed that if women are allowed to enter the temple, Sabarimala would turn into a tourist destination.




In 2008, the LDF government had filed an affidavit before the apex court supporting the entry of women of all age groups to Sabarimala, which bars women of menstruating age.

Pathanamthtta in Kerala, on January 15, 2003. The court will be going great injustice to millions of devotees if it interferes and will set a precedent which will seriously affect other religious institutions, the board asked. This is the main reason for the dispute as women activists have questioned this as a clear practice of gender discrimination. The Constitution of India guarantees this right too.

The issue being discussed is whether the practice violates Art 14 and 25 of the Constitution. Mr Prayar welcomed the SC decision to leave the issue before the Constitutional bench of the SC.

The UDF government had taken a view that it was against the entry of women of the age group of 10-50 years as such a practice was being followed since time immemorial. Article 15 of the Constitution places a clear constitutional obligation on the state to not discriminate against any citizen on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth.

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