ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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A Tangle of Temple Entry and ‘Pragmatic Politics’

Is gender justice being held to ransom by vote bank politics in the Sabarimala controversy?

The question of the entry of women, between the ages of 10 and 50 years, into Sabarimala temple in Kerala, is as old as the formation of the state itself. The debate around Sabarimala temple has involved the judiciary, successive state governments, the priestly class and socio-religious organisations, and devotees of all ages and genders. However, parties to the debate do not constitute a homogeneous whole, as they hold diverse standpoints on the issue. The resultant differences between these standpoints have further widened the political fault lines following the much-awaited verdict of the Supreme Court in late September 2018. The Court revoked the existing ban on women’s entry into the temple during their menstruating years.

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Updated On : 29th Oct, 2018
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