Sabarimala Temple verdict: National Ayyappa Devotee association files review petition in Supreme Court
The National Ayyappa Devotee association on Monday filed a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging the apex court’s landmark verdict allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala.
The Supreme Court on September 28 struck down the centuries-old rule that barred women between 10 and 50 years of age to enter the shrine of Lord Ayyappa.
A five-judge constitution bench headed by former Chief Justice Dipak Misra has observed that "on one hand, women are worshipped as Goddesses, but there are restrictions on the other hand. Relationship with God can't be defined by biological or physiological factors".
Though four judges, including Justice Misra, had the same opinion in the Sabarimala temple case, Justice Indu Malhotra had given one dissenting opinion into the same. The other justices on the bench included RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud.