The bench also comprised Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, delivered four judgments today.
Justice Malhotra, the only woman on the bench, said that the petition does not deserve to be entertained. She was of the view that it is not for courts to determine which religious practices are to be struck down except in issues of social evil like ‘Sati’. She was the only person to dissented on the cast.
“Religious practices can’t solely be tested on the basis of the right to equality. It’s up to the worshippers, not the court to decide what’s religion’s essential practice,” she said.
In 1991, the Kerala High Court restricted entry of women at the Ayyapan Temple above the age of 10 and below the age of 50 from offering worship at Sabarimala Shrine as they were of the menstruating age.
Kandaru Rajeevaru, the head priest of Sabarimala, said in his response: “We are disappointed but accept the Supreme Court verdict on women entry.” As of now, some members of the temple’s board, are looking for a possible review petition.
Here are some of the responses to the ban being lifted:
Historic judgement: #SupremeCourt allows entry to women of all age groups into #Sabarimala=
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) September 28, 2018
My minor crush on the Supreme Court could become major at this rate 🙂 Thank you . Menstruating Women can no longer be barred from #Sabarimala – Bleeding is not a blot. #StopSexism #Period. #SabarimalaVerdict p.s curious dissent by lone female judge on bench https://t.co/GAj2jA6e0T
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) September 28, 2018
FINALLY IT HAPPENED, Supreme Court verdict “WOMEN OF ALL OF AGES CAN ENTER SABARIMALA” 👌🏽👌🏽👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💪🏽💪🏽💪🏽 Fight LGBT RIGHTS N NOW THIS😎. Kallakunghe justices of india #Right ToPray
— krishna (@Actor_Krishna) September 28, 2018
Supreme Court verdict on entry into Sabarimala 🙏calls for celebration!!! Big leap towards equality!!! Pls don’t bring in religion into this!! True devotion has no religion and if a woman is impure the whole world is impure!!!
— Lakshmy Ramakrishnan (@LakshmyRamki) September 28, 2018