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Are you associating menstruation with impurity, SC asks Sabarimala trust

: AGE CORRESPONDENT
Published : Apr 25, 2016, 6:09 pm IST
Updated : Apr 25, 2016, 6:09 pm IST

The apex court observed that all practices are acceptable until there is no distinction between genders.

 Devotees in queue at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. (Photo: Deccan Chronicle)
  Devotees in queue at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. (Photo: Deccan Chronicle)

The apex court observed that all practices are acceptable until there is no distinction between genders.

New Delhi:

As the fight to end women’s ban from entering Sabarimala temple continues, the Supreme Court on Monday questioned how the temple authorities can discriminate on the basis of biological phenomenon.

"Are you associating mensuration with purity of an individual Can a biological phenomenon be a condition, a precedent for entry of women at temples " the Supreme Court asked the Sabarimala temple trust.

The apex court observed that all practices are acceptable until there is no distinction between genders.

Responding to the court queries, the temple administration said that the area where women aren't allowed is sanctified and the tradition of not allowing women in the age group of 10 to 50, dates back hundreds of years and cannot be changed.

"When recruitment for the armed forces takes place, citizens between 18-24 years of age are considered. It may seem classification amongst men, but reason is endurance”, Sabarimala temple administration told the apex court.