SC orders Kerala govt to form a exclusive law for Sabarimala , sets January 2020 deadline

SC orders Kerala govt to form a exclusive law for Sabarimala , sets January 2020 deadline

The Supreme Court has asked the Kerala government to frame a separate law for the Sabarimala Temple.

While insisting on the need for a new law, the Supreme Court asked the Kerala government to frame the law by the third week of January 2020.

Last week, the Justice Ranjan Gogoi had decided to refer the Sabarimala issue to a larger bench to re-examine religious issues including those arising out of its 2018 verdict lifting a centuries-old ban on women of menstruating age visiting the hilltop shrine.

Hearing a petition filed by Pandalam Royal Family to protect their rights, the Supreme Court took exception to the Kerala government’s attempt to change laws dealing with administration of Sabarimala and other temples.

On provision of 1/3rd quota for women in the Temple Advisory Committees, the SC asked, How can there be women in the panel when a 7-judge Bench is yet to examine question of essential religious practices.

In reply, the Kerala government told the SC that involving women in temples' administration was part of its liberal push.