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1) Discuss the background and the judgement of the recent Sabarimala temple controversy.(250 words)

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

1) Discuss the background and the judgement of the recent Sabarimala temple controversy.(250 words)

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Why this question

The article provides a concise yet a complete picture of the recent Sabarimala Temple controversy which has raised severe criticism from political parties and civilians alike.

Directive word

Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. we also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to write in detail the background to the Sabarimala controversy- bring out the legal and customary positions, reason behind the controversy and also write in detail about the observations of the SC in the recent judgement.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– write a few introductory lines about the  Sabarimala temple. E.g Sabarimala is considered to be one of the holiest temples in Hinduism, with one of the largest annual pilgrimages in the world etc.

Body-

  1. Discuss the background of the case. E.g The devotees believe that the deity’s powers derive from his asceticism, and in particular from his being celibate. Women between the ages of 10 and 50 are barred from participating in the rituals; The exclusion was given legal sanction by Rule 3(b) of the Kerala Hindu Places of Public Worship (Authorisation of Entry) Rules, 1965. The validity of the rule and other provisions restricting the entry of women was decided by the Supreme Court last month.

The Court, by a majority of 4:1, held that the exclusion of women between these ages was violative of the Constitution.

  1. Discuss the SC judgement and bring out its essence. E.g held that the practice of excluding women did not constitute an “essential religious practice”; the judgement also relied on Section 3 of the Act mentioned above which stipulates that places of public worship must be open to all sections and classes of Hindus, notwithstanding any custom or usage to the contrary. It was held that Rule 3(b) prohibiting the entry of women was directly contrary to this; the right of women (in the age bracket in question) to enter Sabarimala was guaranteed under Article 25(1) and Article 15(1) of the Constitution etc

Conclusion– based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.

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