Sabarimala temple board reverses opposition to entry of women

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KERALA, India

The Travancore Devaswom board, one of Hinduism’s holiest temples has said it now supports allowing women of menstruating age to enter the ancient shrine in southern India, reversing its previous backing for a centuries-old ban.

The Sabarimala temple told the Supreme Court it would abide by its decision to open the temple to women, after holding off for months saying it did not want to violate an historic tradition.

“After the Supreme Court judgement, we discussed a lot. We realise that we should respect the judgement of the court,” said lawyer Rakesh Dwivedi

Further, the Board said it would withdraw its previous efforts of challenging the Supreme Court’s that lifted the ban saying it now believed it was discriminatory against women.

In a historic ruling in late September, the country’s Supreme Court ruled to end the prohibition on women and girls aged between 10 and 50 from entering the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala state, saying it went against the rights to equality and worship guaranteed under the country’s constitution.