Sabarimala: SC Refers Review Petitions To Larger 7-Judge Bench

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Sabarimala: SC Refers Review Petitions To Larger 7
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A five-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi Thursday referred the petitions seeking review of its previous judgment in the Sabarimala case to a larger seven-judge bench. The petitioners have expressed happiness over the move.

The apex court had ruled in September last year that lifted a ban on menstruating women from entering the Sabarimala temple.

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Following this, violent protests started in Kerala and more than 50 review petitions were filed in the SC. For the time being, the entry of women in the Sabarimala temple will remain in force till the seven-judge bench hears the matter afresh and gives its verdict.

Welcoming the SC's move to refer the Sabarimala verdict to a 7-judge Bench, social activist Trupti Desai hopes the judgment should come before the festival so that women can exercise their rights.

Social activist Rahul Easwar says even though there is no clarity in the SC's referral of the case to a larger Bench, there is implicit admission that the earlier verdict should be revisited.

BJP leader Shilpa Nair says initial petitioners suggested gender discrimination, when the matter really is about custom and ritual.