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New Delhi: The entry of women of all age groups has once again become news with the LDF-led Kerala Government supporting the restriction imposed on entry of women aged between 10 and 50 at Sabarimala temple.
The ruling LDF government in 2008 had told Supreme court that restricting the entry of women was discriminatory and should be discontinued.
In January 2016, the previous UDF Government led by Congress had withdrawn the pro-entry affidavit filed by the previous LDF government and wanted restrictions on women continued at Sabarimala. “The restriction on women between the age of 10 and 50 has been prevailing in Sabarimala from time immemorial. This is in keeping with the unique ‘pratishta sangalp’ or idol concept of the temple, ” the UDF Government’s affidavit said.
On Monday, the current LDF government’s counsel told the Supreme Court that the State government stood by the earlier government’s stand.
The three-judge bench presided over by Justice Dipak Misra asked Senior advocate V Giri, appearing for the state government, “Are you sure you appear for the state?” Giri maintained that as of now the Kerala government supported the affidavit.