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4) Religious freedom clauses in the Indian Constitution are possessed of a special complexity. Comment, in the context of the controversy surrounding access  of women into the Sabarimala temple.(250 words) 

Topic – Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

4) Religious freedom clauses in the Indian Constitution are possessed of a special complexity. Comment, in the context of the controversy surrounding access  of women into the Sabarimala temple.(250 words) 

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Why this question

Women empowerment and ending social and religious discrimination faced by them is one of the cherished goals of any modern constitutional democracy, including India. It is important to know the constitutional provisions and the legal interpretations and judgements related to these issues.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to dig deep into the issue and discuss the constitutional provisions related to religious freedom and access of women to religious places. It wants us to express our opinion as to what are the complexities involved in the issue and how they manifest themselves in the present discourse on entry of women into the Sabarimala temple.

Directive word

Comment- Here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer

Write a few lines about the issue of entry of women to religious places in India. E.g recent  incidents- Haji Ali Dargah , Shani Shingnapur temple, Trimbakeshwar Shiva temple etc. Mention that Sabarimala temple issue is being currently under the adjudication of the Supreme Court-Indian Young Lawyers Association v. State of Kerala.

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  • Highlight and discuss the related provisions in the constitution of India. the right to freedom of religion of both individuals and groups; Articles 25 and 26; , subject to common community exceptions and also, crucially, to the guarantee of other fundamental rights;Article 25(2)(b) which creates a further exception to the right ;Article 26, on the other hand, which is also subject to limitations imposed on community grounds, accords to every religious denomination the right, among other things, to establish and maintain institutions for religious purposes and to manage their own affairs in matters of religion etc.
  • Discuss the core issue surrounding the Sabrimala temple controversy. E.g clash between a series of apparently conflicting claims: among others involving the temple’s right to decide for itself how its religious affairs ought to be managed; a rights of the women to unreservedly enter and pray at the shrine etc.

 

Conclusion– Based on your discussion form an overall opinion on the issue.

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