SC orders Sabarimala to open doors for women; celebs welcome move
Barely a day after decriminalising adultery by scrapping Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, the Supreme Court of India passed a verdict today that allows women to enter the sacrosanct premises of the Sabarimala temple.
The temple’s century-old ban on women has been one of the most debated topics for many years now, and as many had expected, the verdict has drawn mixed reactions.
While many including the head priest of the temple have expressed their disappointment, others like Union Women & Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi welcomed the verdict, who said that Hinduism has always been an inclusive religion.
Surprisingly, not many from the movie fraternity, except Kamal Haasan, has responded to this historic development. The actor-turned-politician said: “That's fair enough. I have never been into a temple. Anyone who wants to visit a temple should be allowed. Everyone is equal before God.”
Kochi based film director Rajiv Menon (of Kandukondain Kandukondain fame) praised the Supreme Court, saying, “Supreme Court has proved to be courageous and farsighted!”
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All religions, all castes were allowed into #Sabarimala shrine but the discrimination of women had always been a contentious issue! Supreme Court has proved to be courageous and farsighted! Great victory for gender equality in our country.— Rajiv Menon (@DirRajivMenon) September 28, 2018