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The Supreme Court on Monday questioned the tradition of prohibiting women of menstrual age group from entering the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala. The court termed it as unconstitutional. “The Constitution bars discrimination on the basis of sex. Such a prohibition (not to allow women devotees) is unconstitutional,” the bench of Justices Dipak Misra and N V Ramana said. The next hearing is scheduled for February 8. The bench was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), filed by the Young Lawyers Association of India 10 years ago, seeking entry for all women and girls in the Sabarimala Temple premises. Women between the age of 10 and 50 are traditionally banned from entering the ancient hilltop shrine, the argument being that the presiding deity, Lord Ayyappa is a bachelor. “...

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