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SC directs Kerala Police to provide adequate security to Kanakadurga and Bindu: Reports

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has directs Kerala Police to provide adequate security to Kanakadurga and Bindu who entered Sabrimala temple, say reports.

The plea also sought directions declaring that any form of prevention of women aged between 10 to 50 years from visiting the hilltop shrine is contrary to the September 28, 2018, judgment of the apex court.

A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra, in a 4:1 verdict paved the way for entry of women of all age groups into the Sabarimala temple, saying the ban amounted to gender discrimination.

The plea was opposed by several pro-Ayyappa, anti-women’s entry, groups who said the Court must not accept Bindu and Kanakadurga’s plea when it came up for hearing. The Court also rejected the plea that Bindu and Kanakadurga’s plea should be heard along with the 49 other review petitions on the Sabarimala issue in the Supreme Court on January 22.

Bindu and Kanakadurga through senior advocate Indira Jaising also sought a direction to ensure the temple did not carry out purification rituals after the entry of women between the ages of 10 and 50 years, which the SC rejected. They further sought directions from the Court to concerned authorities to allow women of all ages to enter the temple safely without any opposition or obstacles.

Kanakadurga, 44, and Bindu, 42, stepped into the hill shrine guarded by police on January 2, three months after the apex court’s historic judgment.

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