In contrast to Sabarimala verdict, Supreme Court turns down plea seeking entry for women inside mosques

The Supreme Court on India dismissed a plea seeking entry for women inside mosques and abolition of purda culture. The petition was filed in supreme court after the same was dismissed by Kerala High Court. The petitioner, Swamy Dethathreya Sai Swaroop Nath, who also happens to be the President of the Kerala unit of the Akhil Bharatha Hindu Mahasabha had argued that Muslim women are not allowed to enter in mosques and are forced to cover their faces in accordance to the purda system, which he called discriminatory.

A bench comprising of the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Annirudha Bose questioned the locus standi of the petitioner, saying, “Let a Muslim woman come, then we shall consider this petition.”

However many are surprised with the judgement of the court, especially after last year’s Sabarimala verdict. Last year, the Supreme Court had ordered that the traditional ban on the entry of women of reproductive age inside Sabarimala Shrine would be abolished. The order, triggered a several month long dispute in Kerala, where people, both in favour and against the verdict, clashed on several occasions.

It may be remembered that many of the petitioners in the Sabarimala shrine case were not well aware of the customs and traditions of the temple, and some of them had confessed it as well. Few even wanted to withdraw their petitions after talking with the devotees and acquiring a better knowledge of the temple.