The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear in open court review petitions against its majority judgment which lifted a ban on women aged between 10 and 50 years from undertaking the pilgrimage to the Sabarimala temple in Kerala.
The Review Bench, consists of five judges, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, refused to stay the majority judgment by a Constitution Bench on September 28. The majority judgment had declared the exclusion, based on the menstrual status of women, to be a smear on individual dignity. It said the bar amounted to “treating women as the children of a lesser God”.
The refusal to stay the judgment would mean that worshippers, both men and women of all ages, can still undertake the pilgrimage when the temple re-opens on November 16 evening for Mandala Pooja.
The pilgrimage season would end on January 20 after the Makaravilakku festival.
The review petitions will be heard by an “appropriate Bench” in open court on January 22, next year.