Travancore Devaswom Board has fully backed the Supreme Court verdict allowing young women entry to Sabarimala.
Rakesh Diwedi, appearing for the board, during hearing of review petitions by the Constitution Bench on Thursday, argued that there was the need to accept change. Equality was vital and was upheld by the apex court, he added.
Justice Indu Malhotra, who was the lone member to note her dissent in the bench that ruled for young women entry, pointed out that there was a complete change of stand by the board. Diwedi said there was the need to move and transform the society to include women in all walks of life. This was the present stand of the board.
Everyone was entitled to enter the temple. Any practice had to be dominant with the view of equality. "We have taken a decision to respect the judgment," the board said. It was essential part of Hindu religion to allow women to enter the temple.
Indira Jaising, appearing for the two young women Bindu and Kanakadurga who trekked to the shrine after the verdict, said they were facing death threat. Social boycott was going on against the women who entered the temple, she added. Before the deity, all devotees were equal. Sabarimala was a public temple and not a family one, she said.
Untouchability was a factor there as there were purification rituals after they worshipped there. Purification ceremony being held affirmed that menstruating women were considered polluted, she argued.
When she said that there had been instances of women leading wars, Justice Nariman agreed and pointed to a particular case.