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The five judge constitutional bench of the Supreme Court was hearing a batch of petitions seeking review of its September verdict allowing the entry of women into the Sabarimala temple.
Several organisations including the Nair Service Society (NSS) and the Thantri of the shrine, have advanced arguments before the bench and sought reconsideration of the verdict.
Meanwhile, the Travancore Devaswom Board told the apex court that it has no objection to the entry of women inside the temple and urged the people to “gracefully” abide by the apex court’s verdict.
“People who are opposing entry of women in 10-50 age group in Sabarimala temple should accept the SC verdict gracefully and allowing entry of all women inside temple,” Devaswom Board told SC.
During the hearing, the petitioner argued that the court cannot force its views upon the people of Kerala who, it said, have not accepted the verdict. The petitioner also claimed that the apex court’s verdict has resulted in disturbing the social peace in the state.
The Kerala government, however, opposed the review petition, saying that there is no need to reexamine the top court’s verdict. The state government said that the ban on women entry is not part of “essential practice of Hinduism” — which have the protection of the Constitution of India.
The state government said that though it acknowledges that the lifting of the ban disturbed the law and order situation in the state, however, that cannot be the grounds for allowing an unconstitutional practice.
“Social harmony will ultimately prevail in the state,” the state government told SC.