Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 13 : Political and social circles in Kerala are anxiously awaiting Thursday's Supreme Court verdict on the review petitions challenging the September 28,2018 Judgement allowing entry for women of all ages into the world famous Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala.
The tomorrow's verdict will be pronounced by a five-member Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Rohinton Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra.
On September 28, 2018, a Constitution Bench of then Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Rohinton Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud, and Indu Malhotra had allowed the women entry into the centuries-old temple. The court decision was widely opposed by devotees who follow the customs and traditions restricting the entry of women between the ages of 10 and 50.
In its verdict, the then Constitution Bench had, by a 4:1 majority, struck down Rule 3(b) of the Kerala Hindu Places of Public Worship (Authorisation of Entry) Rules, 1965, which was the basis for barring entry of women. (UNI)