New Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday referred to its Constitution bench the matter pertaining to a ban on the entry of women to Kerala's historic Sabarimala temple.
The SC bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra framed a set of six questions to be dealt with by the five-judge Constitution bench.
The six questions are:
• Whether the existing practice of exclusion of women between 10-50 years of age by the temple was permissible
• Whether biological factors were ground enough for excluding women from entering the temple
• Whether restricting the entry of women at the temple was violative of their rights under the Constitution
• Whether the practice of ban on women was violating their right to religious freedom
• Whether the ban was violative of the Kerala Hindu Places of Public Worship Act that authorized entry of all women to the temple
• Whether the 1991 judgment of the Kerala High Court, upholding the ban would amount to res judicata (a matter that has been adjudicated by a competent court and therefore may not be pursued further by the same parties)
(With inputs from agencies)