The board controlling the Sabarimala temple made a complete U-turn on the entry of women of all ages at the hill shrine, telling the Supreme Court today that it has decided to support it. The board is controlled by the Kerala government, which has opposed any review of the top court’s September order that ended the temple’s traditional ban on women.
Five judges of the Supreme Court are hearing more than 60 petitions that urge a rethink of the verdict, opening the temple doors to women between the ages of 10 and 50.
The order had triggered a huge backlash from traditionalists.
Only two women have managed to enter the temple since. The rest had been forced to turn back by the huge protests by right-wing groups that often involved the use of force, threats and intimidation.