Kerala Govt stands by SC verdict on Sabarimala young women entry, says no ground for review

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The Kerala Government stood firm by the September 28 verdict of the Supreme Court on young women entry to Sabarimala during hearing on review petitions against it in front of the Constitution Bench on Thursday.

The court will hear the Travancore Devaswom Board after recess.

Jaideep Gupta, appearing for the Government, argued that it was equality which was upheld by the court and there was no ground for review. The Article regarding untouchability was not the basis of the judgment which was solely founded on equality. Exclusion of women was not essential to Hindu religion, he argued.

Each temple should not be considered a denominational one and so it was not for the court to consider the rituals of each temple separately. Earlier, the court heard 10 counsel seeking review of the petition.

Hinduism had diverse traditions across all temples, and so there could be no insistence on only one type of tradition across all temples or places of worship, argued Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for Travancore Devaswom Board former chief Prayar Gopalakrishnan. He had earlier appeared for the board.

Shekhar Naphde, appearing for Brahmana Sabha, argued that it was not just for activists to decide things concerned with religions. Only community could decide customs and not any court, he added.

Counsel also pointed to the law and order issues in connection with implementation of the verdict and how social peace in Kerala was disturbed was seen through TV visuals. As long as the community decided not to change the practice, the Supreme court had no right to intervene in such matters.

Venkat Ramani argued that if one was a believer, one could not question it and still claim that one stood by one's belief and would have to be followed in toto.

Justice Malhotra sought a copy of law regarding Hindu rituals.