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Q. Make the doors of Sabarimala open to all women: Comment on recent affidavit filed by incumbent Kerala Government in the apex court.
Nov 10, 2016 Related to : GS Paper- 3

Ans :

Introduction-

Recently the incumbent Kerala Government has overturned its predecessor decision and   filled an affidavit in favour of allowing women of all ages to enter the famous Sabrimala temple. Earlier the apex court has opined that tradition can’t take precedence over the Constitution and that discriminatory customs pose a danger to gender equality.

Issue-

Presently there is a restriction on women from 10 to 50 (menstrual age) entering the temple. The reason offered for this is that the deity is celibate and would be offended by women in their reproductive years coming into his presence. 

Analysis-

  • Though constitution has given equal rights to men and women, but similarly it has also granted freedom to practice their religion and worship place as per their tradition.
  • In this background the women entry into the temple has been bone of contention between its supporters and opponents.  
  • Many argue that the courts or governments have no right to interfere in religious matters, as they are run in accordance with customs and practices. 
  • Indian Constitution has granted freedom to practice the religion based on their customs, but when women are being discriminated against on the basis of gender, the law has to weigh in on their side.
  • The notions of purity, not allowing widows into temples, etc, are regressive. Most of these traditions were devised at a time when women had no rights and did not demand them.
  • As Indian constitution grants equal rights to women on par with men, hence women rights needs to be protected. In this background women should get entry into the Shabarimala temple. 

Conclusion-

Though Indian Constitution has granted religious freedom to practice as per their custom, but it also has given fundamental rights like equality. Even Supreme Court of India has opined that gender can’t be ground for discrimination. Hence Without any delay women should get entry into temple.

 


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