The Supreme Court on Friday referred to a constitution bench the case pertaining ban on women's entry, in the age group of 15-50, into the Sabarimala temple.
A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, passed the order.
The apex court also raised six questions on the issue to consider these by the constitution bench.
These questions include whether the women were stopped from entering the temple due to gender discrimination and whether such kind of ban hurts the religious practice of the fairer sex.
The petition was filed in the Supreme Court by the Indian Young Lawyers Association challenging the custom of the temple to bar entry of women in the 10-50 age bracket (menstruating age), saying it was discriminatory. The Kerala High Court had upheld the custom in 1991.
In February this year, the Supreme Court reserved its order in the matter and asked the concerned parties to file a written submission which should fall under the Constitutional framework.
In Kerala, the state’s LDF government had in 2007 favoured the entry of all age groups of women into the shrine, but the UDF government later opposed this. The LDF, which came back to power in 2016, has returned to its old standard.