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SC questions ban on women’s entry in Sabarimala temple, asks if tradition is above Constitution

2New Delhi: Taking a tough stand, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the lawyers representing Sabarimala Temple trust, whether any tradition can override constitutional provisions.
While examining the plea against ban on entry of of menstruating women into Kerala’s Sabarimala temple, the apex court asked what right does the temple has to forbid women from worshipping deity at the temple premises.
The SC bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice NV Ramana observed that the matter should be argued according to the Constitution.
The top court also said that mother is considered to be supreme in India, and ‘Mata’ has to be greeted first when she enters the room.
The court also asked whether women are allowed to pray in mosques alongside with men, or they are asked to present in a different room.
“Anyone can worship God, he is omnipresent,” the top court maintained.
The apex court said that whatever be the judgement, it will be according to the law of the land.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had said that it would balance the right to equality with the right to freedom of religion and to manage religious affairs under the Constitution.

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