Supreme Court To Hear Sabarimala Order Review Petitions From February 6

Supreme Court To Hear Sabarimala Order Review Petitions From February 6

Supreme Court To Hear Sabarimala Order Review Petitions From February 6 

New Delhi: The Top Court has taken a decision to begin hearing the Sabarimala case next week, onwards. The Top Court had said that a batch of about 48 review petitions challenging the it's September verdict allowing women of reproductive age into the Sabarimala temple will be considered.

The Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi-led five-judge constitution bench will start hearing the case from February 6 onwards. Earlier, the case was scheduled for January 22, but had to be cancelled as Justice Indu Malhotra was on medical leave.

A huge protest was staged by the devotees of Lord Ayyappa--the celibate god--against the entry of women and girls between the ages of 10 and 50 years as ruled by the Supreme Court.

The female devotee, below the age of 50 who eventually managed to enter the temple have faced severe backlash. They are being threatened and one of them was even attacked allegedly by her mother-in-law.

The Supreme Court was told by the Kerala Government that as many as 51 women of menstrual age have entered the temple since the verdict, but devotees as well as activists refused to agree with the figure.

Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of Kerala's determinination to facilitate women's entry into the temple triggered a political war between the state government and the opposition parties, including the BJP and the Congress.

The Kerala CM has maintained that he is only following the top court's directions.

Rahul Gandhi,  the President of Congress who earlier spoke in favour of allowing women of all ages into Sabarimala, eventually saw merit in the argument of traditionalists, who say women should be banned from entering the shrine.

Mr Gandhi , admitting to the change in his stance, said he would not "be able to give an open and shut position on this".