Sabarimala verdict: SC refers to larger bench

The Supreme Court today referred to a larger bench the petitions seeking review of the apex court’s 2018 judgment allowing entry of women between the ages of 10 and 50 into the Sabarimala temple.

Reading out the judgment, the bench said petitions had sought to revive the debate about what's the religion and essential religious practices. Individual right to pray at temple cannot be superior to what is considered as religious by another sector is what petitions have argued, the court said.

National General Secretary of BJP, BL Santhosh, hails the Supreme Court's decision and says. "Welcome decision of SC in the direction of protecting rights of devotees & upholding faith It was never a matter of fundamental rights. It was a matter of age old tradition accepted by society.