SC to hear Muslim women’s issues along with Sabarimala

New Delhi: The issue of Muslim women’s entry to mosques, cases on female genital mutilation in the Dawoodi Bohra community and access to fire temples or ‘towers of silence’ for Parsi women who marry outside the community will all be clubbed along with the Sabarimala matter and be heard by the larger bench. This was told by the Supreme Court on Thursday.

The apex court informed that a seven-judge bench will be convened to examine the issues of women’s entry into any house of worship and other religious practices that discriminate against women. The Supreme Court was asked to review a September 2018 order that allowed women entry into Kerala’s revered Sabarimala temple.

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News 18 quoted the Chief Justice as saying, “Restrictions on women in religious places are not restricted to Sabarimala alone and are prevalent in other religions also.”

He added that the court should evolve a common policy on religious places like Sabarimala.

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