New Delhi: A petition challenging the Supreme Court order allowing women of all ages inside Kerala’s Sabarimala temple was filed in the top court Monday amid mounting protests in Kerala. Seeking a review of the judgment lifting the centuries-old ban, the petitioner said the verdict can’t be a match for the voice of the people.
The petitioner, the president of the National Ayyappa Devotees Association, said those who had approached the Supreme Court for lifting the age restriction on women are not devotees of Lord Ayyappa, the temple’s chief deity. In her petition, Shylaja Vijayan said the Supreme Court verdict affects the fundamental rights of millions of devotees of Ayyappa.
“The petitioners believe that no legal luminary, not even the greatest of jurists or a judge, can be a match to the common sense and wisdom of the masses. No judicial pronouncement, even of the highest judicial tribunal in this country… can be a match for ‘the voice of the people’,” the petition read. The petitioner is not a party to the case in the top court.
The Nair Service Society, a body of Kerala’s influential Nair Community, will file challenge the verdict by filing a review petition in the top court this evening.
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