Hope against hope : Shylaja Vijayan files review petition against Sabarimala verdict

New Delhi : Treading arena where govt and Devaswom Board hesitated, the president of National Ayyapapa Devotees Association, Shylaja Vijayan, has filed review petition against the controversial Supreme Court verdict on Sabarimala.

Her plea states that allowing women of all ages  to the sacred shrine is “absolutely untenable and irrational if not perverse.”

Govt and Devaswom board  abstained from filing a review plea reportedly after obtaining legal advice on the futility of it.

The backdrop
A group of five women challenged Kerala state rule that bars entry of women between ages 10 – 50 at the famed Sabarimala Temple. The petitioners argued that the rule violates fundamental right to equality and discriminates women. The Kerala High Court previously upheld the restriction on entry of women and the case came before Supreme Court in 2006.

On 29 Sep, Supreme Court ended the age-old ban holding that devotion cannot be subjected to discrimination and patriarchal notion cannot be allowed to trump equality in devotion.

For centuries, women of menstrual age were restricted from entering the temple as its presiding deity, Lord Ayyappa, is considered celibate.

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