Wait till Jan 22: SC declines to stay Sabarimala verdict again

Wait till Jan 22: SC declines to stay Sabarimala verdict again

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday declined to stay its September 28 verdict allowing women of all age groups to enter the Sabarimala temple.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked a lawyer, who was seeking stay on its Sabarimala verdict, to wait till January 22 when the Constitution bench will hear review petitions.

The matter was mentioned by lawyer Mathews J Nedumpara, who has filed the review on behalf of the National Ayyappa Devotees (Women's) Association.

The apex court had on Tuesday refused to stay its September 28 verdict, lifting the centuries-old ban on girls and women in the 10-50 age group from entering the shrine and decided to hear a batch of review petitions in open court on January 22.

The two-month long annual 'Mandala Makkaravillakku' season will start on November 17 and the meeting will also take stock of the arrangements made for devotees.

The temple had witnessed a string of protests from devotees when it opened for monthly pujas for five days in October and two days early this month.

Over 3,700 people have been arrested so far and 546 cases registered against various people for violence during protests across the state after the top court permitted women of all ages to pray at Sabarimala temple.

Over 500 young women registered for darshan in the online queue website of Kerala police last week.

The Kerala government has convened an all-party meeting on November 15 to discuss various issues over the Sabarimala row.

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