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Sabarimala row: Supreme Court to hear the review petition on November 13

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The Sabarimala verdict has since created a storm in the coastal state with thousands of devotees, especially women hitting the street against the ruling.

 

New Delhi: The hearing of review petitions in the earlier verdict of the Supreme Court in Sabarimala case will be held on November 13 at 3 PM, the apex court announced on Tuesday. As many as 19 writ petitions and review petitions challenged the Supreme Court verdict that lifted the ban on entry of women of 10-51 years of age in Kerala’s Sabarimala temple. The petitions will be considered in an open court.

On September 28, the constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by the then CJI Dipak Misra struck down the restriction on entry of women of the particular age group in Sabarimala. In its 4:1 verdict, Supreme Court upheld the constitutional equality and allowed entry to women of all age group in the Ayyappa temple.

The verdict has since created a storm in the coastal state with thousands of devotees, especially women hitting the street against the ruling. When the Sabarimala temple’s gates were opened for monthly three-day prayers, two women namely Rehana Fathima and Kavita Thakkal tried to enter the temple, however, the protesters stopped them mid-way and they had to return.

Now, the temple doors will be opened again on November 16 in the month of Vrishchika. Thus, the date of Supreme Court hearing in review petition is crucial to avoid similar kind of confrontation at the temple premises.

The review petitions were filed by Shylyja Vijayan, President of national Ayyappa Devotees Association and Nair Service Society.

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