“God Doesn’t Discriminate Between Man And Woman”: Supreme Court to Sabarimala Temple

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Recently there has been an uproar against the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala due to their rather morbid diktat to prohibit women of menstrual age group from entering the temple premises.

Owing to the growing outrage around the gender discrimination debate, the Supreme Court of India stepped in and questioned the practice of banning women into the temple and later ruled that it is unconstitutional to do so.

A bench led by Justice Dipak Misra said it would examine the issue of ban on entry of women of menstrual age in the temple on “constitutional parameters”, and adjudge whether this practice was “intricately fundamental” to religious customs and hence cannot be interfered with.

“The God does not discriminate between men and women, so why should there be gender discrimination in the premises of the temple,” observed the bench as it quoted from a mythological story about Sati Anusuya, who had turned Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh into children.

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“How can you stop the mother from entering the temple?” it asked, adding that neither the Vedas nor Upanishads discriminated on the basis of gender.

Why can you not let a woman enter? On what basis are you prohibiting women entry… What is your logic? A woman may or may not want to go (to worship at Sabarimala), but that is her personal choice,” Justice Dipak Misra, who headed a three-judge Special Bench, pulled up the Travancore Devaswom Board, which manages the shrine.

Travancore Devaswom Board, sought six weeks for filing evidence, including documents and ancient scriptures, on the issue, and said the practice of prohibiting women of menstrual age in Sabarimala was being followed for centuries.

It is rather ludicrous how, in this day and age we still find ourselves adhering to such mindless misogyny and bias.

It is absolutely abominable that people still attach a social stigma and taboo towards a perfectly normal body function. To be ostracized for something that is as natural as menstruation is patriarchal and pathetic.

Women have periods, period! What is so difficult to understand? Why is it so hard to accept and digest this fact?

Your mother has it, your sister has, your girlfriend/wife has it every single month, let’s get over with this already! We have bigger issues to take care of!

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This is exactly why we need more and more people to understand the core and crux of feminism. People including women themselves have brandished the word ‘feminism’ and twisted it out of context to make it sound like a dirty word.

Before you brand me as a ‘feminazi’ who is out to hate every man on the planet, I hope you understand feminism has never been about hating men, for there’s a fine line between feminism and misandry. Feminism has always been about equality. The only purpose of feminism is to educate people like these, who think they are in any way superior to women.

God doesn’t care about your race, caste, gender or age.

The right to religion is universal and it is time we understood that.

Shireen Azizi

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