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Supreme Court Reserves Judgment on Review Petitions, Devaswom Board Backs Women Entry

In an unprecedented move, the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages the Sabarimala temple in Kerala took a U-turn in the Supreme Court on Wednesday by supporting the ruling which had allowed women of all age groups to enter the shrine. The board told the court that is high time that a particular class not be discriminated on the grounds of “biological attributes”.

The Kerala government, which is in agreement with September 28 ruling, urged the dismissal of petitions seeking review of the verdict.

The Board was earlier in opposition to the entry of women into the Lord Ayyapa shrine at Sabarimala and also opposed the PIL by Indian Young Lawyers Association saying that the celibate character of Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala temple was a unique religious feature which was protected under the constitution.