SC to Sabrimala temple: Can a biological phenomenon be a reason for discrimination?

The Supreme Court on Monday came down heavily on the Sabrimala temple board saying all religious practices are acceptable till there is no distinction between genders.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: April 25, 2016 5:40 pm
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The Supreme Court on Monday came down heavily on the Sabrimala temple board saying all religious practices are acceptable till there is no distinction between genders. The court asked the temple board to treat women at par with men while applying any test of austere practice.

The temple board argued before the court that the hill where women aren’t allowed is sanctified and the tradition dates back hundreds of years.

“When recruitment for the armed forces takes place, citizens between 18-24 years of age are considered. It may seem classification amongst men, but reason is endurance,” the board told the court.

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The court, however, told the temple board, “You are making a classification. Can a biological phenomenon be a reason for discrimination?”

Two religious bodies last week moved the Supreme Court supporting the PIL seeking entry of women in the historic Sabarimala temple in Kerala saying no ritual or custom can be used as grounds to discriminate against women in the matter of worship.

The apex court, had earlier in February, questioned the practice of banning women from Sabarimala temple, and wondered if man-made customs can prescribe such prohibition when “the God does not discriminate between men and women”.

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    Rattihallirao
    Apr 25, 2016 at 12:52 pm
    Now that Judiciary involved in Temple admn, deciding on Dance bars and such other routines, day is not far that courts will perform role of pandits/pujaris/purohits. Definitely there will be back logs on other legal battles.
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      hariharan
      Apr 25, 2016 at 8:39 pm
      hare yaar it is just sentiments. if you wants to be too logical about religious sentiment you will become a rationalist. then you will not worship god. it is not discrimination like caste system. try to understand the difference.
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        NArayan
        Apr 25, 2016 at 1:20 pm
        talk less work more...else cji has to cry daily...
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          Jamie
          Apr 25, 2016 at 5:12 pm
          These are traditions and customs and in particular - a religion.Please do not mess with this and create a revolution.We already have enough now.Praying to God itself will be questioned soon,if they start arguing.Somebody may ask did you see God and how did you get the picture of God - whats the answer.SC - please stop your background instigation to create differences.
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            mast kalandar
            Apr 25, 2016 at 2:20 pm
            Defecation and Urinating are also biological....why does everyone mandatorily take a BATH, on their own, after answering nature's call in the morning before touching or praying even inside their own house private temples ???? This is reverentially followed by both men and women...no body has an issue here because both men n women defecate....but since only women MENSTRUATE this has been made into an issue by the hyper-feminist activists backed by the LEFT LIBTARDS!!! The point is...ANY PERSON wether male or female should be free of "bodily waste or excreta" while entering a place of worship! The courts are trying to turn the jurisprudence on its head by intefering in matters of "faith" where rationale and logic has no ROLE at all !!
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