On Tuesday Congress President Rahul Gandhi said on Sabarimala matter that in his view women should be allowed to go anywhere as men and women are equal but there is deference in the opinion of him and his party on the issue.
When Rahul Gandhi, in an hour long interview with select media persons in Indore, was asked by ET on Sabarimala verdict, a decision BJP president Amit Shah questioned, he said, “My personal view is that women are equal to men and they should be allowed to go anywhere”.
He said, “My party’s view in Kerala is that it is an extremely emotional issue for men and women in Kerala and women in Kerala are supporting this idea. So, we have a difference of opinion between me and my party”. Gandhi said that he submit to the wishes of party leaders in Kerala.
— NDTV (@ndtv) October 30, 2018
On September 28, upholding the right to equality, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court allowed women of all ages to enter into Lord Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala. The SC struck down the provisions of the Kerala Hindu Places of Public Worship (Authorisation of Entry) Rules, 1965 that banned the entry of women in age group 10-50.
Later a review petition was filed by Shylaja Vijayan, president of National Ayyappa Devotees Association, the Nair Service Society, Pandalam royal family and tantri or the chief priest of the temple challenging SC’s September 28, 2018 verdict lifting the centuries-old ban on women of menstruating age from entering the temple. The plea said the judgement is “absolutely untenable and irrational, if not perverse”.