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Can a temple ban women's entry? The six questions asked by SC

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Can a temple ban woman's entry? The six questions asked by SC 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

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)

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