Daniel Halliday
Jan 7 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
Was the Supreme Court of India right to lift the ban on women entering the Hindu Temple of Sabarimala?
An Indian Supreme Court ruling revoked a ban on women of menstruating age entering the Hindu Sabarimala Temple in Kerala in an effort to reduce gender inequality in India. This decision was met with large scale protests outside the temple which became violent when two women attempted to enter the temple for the first time since the court's decision, with stones being thrown and riot gear having to be worn to ensure the women's safety. With such a large scale backlash was this the right decision for the courts to make?
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Popular opinion should be upheld
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Women’s rights need to be upheld
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This controversy is over exaggerated
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Freedom of religion needs to be respected also
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Popular opinion should be upheld

As the world’s largest democracy India should be doing its best to uphold popular opinion, especially around issues concerning societal and cultural transition. Many women attended protests against the Supreme Court’s decision, indicating that many women in India consider this as more of a cultural issue than one of women’s rights, and this popular opinion should be considered. There are likewise some Hindu temples that men are not allowed to enter, and popular opinion should be taken into account with issues of cultural preservation, which are not always a question of human rights infringement. huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/women-india-hindu-temple-protests_us_5bc66374e4b0d38b5872b14a

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Women’s rights need to be upheld

The courts should uphold this decision and enforce it on the entire religion, one right should not trump another and religious rights should definitely not impinge on women’s rights. Societal change is needed in India, a country where women have a distinctly more difficult living condition due to culturally based gender oppression. In a country that still fails to recognise marital rape as a crime, more needs to be done for women’s rights and small steps like this should just the beginning. thelily.com/the-standoff-at-sabarimala-temple-sullies-indias-progress-on-womens-rights

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This controversy is over exaggerated

The legal ban only came into play in 1991, previously this rule was upheld by the temple itself; the courts are now merely removing legislation that goes against human rights. This was seen by the courts as India’s legal system interfering in religious matters, and one judge has rightly said that this should remain a religious matter and be upheld by the congregation of the religion without state or court interference. This is just the result of the courts amending the laws of the country and actually has no implications on religion or culture, the controversy is surrounding activists using the publicity of the decision to make a cultural point by trying to enter the temple.

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Freedom of religion needs to be respected also

The rights of religious people to uphold their belief of the wishes of Lord Ayappa and the purity of the building need to be upheld to protect a free society. There are many benefits both social and economic in upholding tradition, but one right should not be of higher importance than another. Most Hindu temples have a similar rule while women are menstruating and this remains commonplace throughout India. It could also be comparable to Muslims and Orthodox Christians separating congregation by sex, which most societies recognise them as free to do.

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