India’s Supreme Court Lifts Sabarimala Temple Ban on Women of Menstruating Age The temple’s authorities said they will appeal to the supreme court for a review of the ruling ahead of its next period of opening, beginning October 16. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images).
Radhakrishna N S
India’s top court, supreme court on Friday (28) lifted a ban that prevented women and girls between the age of 10 and 50 from entering a prominent Hindu temple, Sabarimala in the country’s southern state of Kerala. The authorities at the Sabarimala temple, which attracts tens of millions of pilgrims every year, have said the ban was rooted in a centuries-old tradition and is essential to the rites related to the temple’s chief deity, Ayyappan. In some Hindu communities, menstruating women are regarded as unclean, leading to restrictions and in a few cases outright bans on women of child-bearing age…
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