Finally, the much-hyped and long-awaited law is ruled out by the Sabarimala Verdict. A five constitutional bench with Justice Dipak Misra as the head perfectly bottles the law deterring women of ages 10-50 from entering the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. What a decision!
Myriads of people, especially women are supporting the verdict along with a huge crowd gathering outside the courtroom to celebrate this Victory. Women no more a matter of shame!
After the announcement of the Sabarimala Verdict, an echo of voices spread all around, social media stuff with post and tags #bleedpride. And why not? More than a century old tradition is no more. Discrimination on the grounds of gender is not acceptable. The new era has begun and today’s women are not the ones whom you could keep behind the walls. She knows how to shine if given the support and she also knows to fight for what she deserves.
Why The Petition?
Women for long has been treated a matter of shame. The fact that she menstruates does not demean her dignity. And in no way she is an untouchable. She bleeds so that a new soul can breathe. Discriminating her on this ground is largely unacceptable. She deserves the right to religion and the right to pray. Patriarchy cannot rule over a women’s desire to pray.
The Sabarimala Temple restricts women of ages 10 to 50 from entering the temple or worshipping the shrine of Lord Ayyappa. This is because the Lord is a celibate. But to rule this out, a petition was filed so that women experience equality in religion and yesterday marked the victory of women right after the Sabarimala Verdict.
A Quick Recap Of The Sabarimala Verdict
- Five bench constitution, comprising of Justice Dipak Misra, RF Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, Indu Malhotra and D Y Chandrachud delivers the verdict.
- Chief Justice Dipak Misra convinced that one could not discriminate on the grounds of devotion.
- The Lord Ayyappa considered as a celibate hails in the temple and hence menstruating women not allowed to enter the temple.
- CJ revolted stating all deity are same, and Lord Ayyappa is not different.
- Justice DY Chandrachud states that women are not untouchables and so restricting them is not acceptable.
- The head priest disappointingly accepts the decision however still looking for another review.
- Kerala Government to support the verdict.
- Sabarimala Verdict is another massive step by Dipak Misra post the adultery verdict.
Final Call – Sabarimala Verdict
And so, the decision has been made. Discrimination bowled out. Women no more a subject of patriarchy. No more discrepancy on the right to pray. One of the most adorable decisions made by the Supreme Court.
Reactions After The Sabarimala Verdict
- Kerala Government has accepted the decision, though it is bound to. Women can now enter the temple irrespective of age. The state has depicted a positive response; it should cater to the religious sentiment of all.
- The Travancore Devaswom Board who is responsible for managing the shrine accept the decision yet seeks for another review of the petition.
- The minister of the Kerala Devaswom, Kadakampally Surendran considers it as one of the most historic decision and also said that such a verdict is necessary to squash away all the diverse opinion related to women equality.
Having said that, how quickly people adapt to the change would be worth noticing.