9-Judge Bench Begins Hearing On Discrimination Faced By Women In Places Of Worship 

Supreme court - Sakshi Post

NEW DELHI: A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde on Monday began hearing issues related to discrimination faced by women in all religious places of worship which includes Sabarimala temple in Kerala.

However, Bobde said that it is not considering the review petitions in the Sabarimala case. "We are not hearing review pleas of Sabarimala case. We are considering issues referred to by a 5-judge bench earlier," the bench said. However, there is no woman in the larger bench.

On November 14, the apex court had asked a larger bench to re-examine various religious issues, including the entry of women into the Sabarimala Temple and mosques and the practice of female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community. While the five-judge bench unanimously agreed to refer religious issues to a larger bench, it gave a 3:2 split decision on petitions seeking a review of the apex court's September 2018 decision allowing women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala shrine in Kerala.

A majority verdict by then Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices A M Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra decided to keep pending pleas seeking a review of its decision regarding entry of women into the shrine, and said restrictions on women in religious places was not restricted to Sabarimala alone and was prevalent in other religions as well.

The minority verdict by Justices R F Nariman and D Y Chandrachud gave a dissenting view by dismissing all review pleas and directing compliance of its September 28 decision.

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