Sabarimala Review Judgment: SC Refers Matter To Seven-Judge Bench By 3:2 Majority

Supreme Court of India (Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

A five-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has today (14 November) referred review petitions challenging its September 2018 Sabarimala judgment to a larger bench of seven judges, reports The Times of India.

The decision to refer the matter to a larger bench was taken by a 3-2 majority; the two dissenting judges in the case were of the opinion that the review petitions ought to be dismissed.

The judgment of the court gives a glimmer of hope to Lord Ayyappa devotees who wish for the court’s previous order allowing the entry of women between 10 and 50 into the temple to be reversed.

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The temple at Sabarimala has an age-old custom of not allowing females in the said age group as Lord Ayyappa is considered to be a celibate deity. However, women and girls not in the menstruating age group have always been allowed to participate in the pilgrimage to the temple.

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