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Temple is not a private property, women must be allowed to pray: SC on Sabarimala case

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New Delhi | The Supreme Court on Wednesday while hearing petitions that challenge the traditional ban on the entry of women between 10 and 50 years of age in Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple said that a woman’s right to pray is equal to that of a man and it is not dependent on a law to enable you to do that.

The five-judge constitutional bench of the Apex court which includes Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justices RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra said,”Every woman is also the creation of God and why should there be discrimination against them in employment or worship.”

Justice DY Chandrachud said, “All persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion… This means your right as a woman to pray is not dependent on a legislation. It is your constitutional right.” Justice Nariman said, “The age notification is ‘arbitrary’ as it leaves out the 9-year-old girl and 53-year-old woman who are menstruating.

Earlier in October last year, the Apex court referred the issue to the Constitution bench, framing five “significant” questions. The Prime question among these was whether the ban amounts to discrimination against women and violates their Constitutional rights.

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50 people feared dead as train runs over them amidst celebrating Dussehra near Amritsar

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At least 50 people are feared dead in  Jora Phatak area of Amritsar where a train allegedlly ran over people burning the effigy on account of Dussehra.

As per various media reports, hundreds of people had gathered around the area for effigy burning, when a train ran over them, trampling many of them including women and children to death. Around 300 people were at the spot watching ‘Ravan Dahan’, sources said.

The officials said that a throng of people  Dussehra revellers that had thronged onto the railway tracks while watching burning of Ravana effigy was run over by a train near here, officials said.

As per the quote of some television news channels, some eyewitnesses claiming that Navjot Singh Sidhu and some other state leaders were present at the event when the accident happened.

There is no news as of now as who organised the event and how the event was allowed so near the railway tracks.

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Activist Trupti Desai who threatened to stop PM Modi’s convoy, detained early morning

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Pune | Women Activist and Bhumata Brigade leader Trupti Desai on Friday morning was detained on her way to Shirdi ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the religious town of Shirdi in the Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra.

Desai had earlier announced to have a conversation with PM Modi over his silence on the denial of women entry to the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. She also wanted an explanation over the assault on women journalists at Niilacka base camp covering the ‘Sabarimala entry’ event.

According to local police, Trupti Desai was detained from her house on grounds of ‘preventive custody’ after she warned to block the PM’s convoy if he did not agree to discuss her demands. Speaking on her arrest to a newspaper, Desai said, “No reason has been given to me for this act of forcible detention. I was only told that the order had come from the Pune Police Commissioner. It is ironic that we activists who are striving for the cause temple entry for women are treated in this manner. Why couldn’t the police in Kerala take preventive measures and detain those hate-mongers and troublemakers ahead of the temple entry at Sabarimala instead?”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday during his visit to the town of Shirdi will perform groundbreaking ceremony for some projects of the trust along with handing over the keys of houses to some beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). PM Modi will also participate in functions to mark the conclusion of the year-long Saibaba Samadhi centenary programme organised by the Sai temple trust.

 

 

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3 terrorists killed in infiltration bid in Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar: Three unidentified terrorists were killed in a failed infiltration bid along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district, a defence spokesman said on Friday. The Army on Thursday foiled the infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of Baramulla district, the spokesman said. He said alert troops noticed some suspicious movement along the LoC near Tourna in Boniyar area in the early hours of Thursday and challenged the infiltrators. The infiltrators opened fire towards the positions of the security forces which was retaliated, he said, adding three terrorists were killed in the gunbattle.

The identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorists were not immediately known.

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