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Devotees throng the Lord Ayyappa temple to offer prayers, at Sabarimala in Kerala on December 31, 2019.(PTI Photo)

For 9-judge Sabarimala bench, CJI suggests Ayodhya hearings as the template

By Murali Krishnan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2020 12:04 PM IST
The court had, in November last year, asked a larger bench to re-examine various religious issues.
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A police personnel checking the age proof of women devotees at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple when the shrine was opened for Mandala-Makaravilakku pooja in November 2019.(Vivek R Nair/HT File Photo)
A police personnel checking the age proof of women devotees at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple when the shrine was opened for Mandala-Makaravilakku pooja in November 2019.(Vivek R Nair/HT File Photo)

Supreme Court to begin hearing pleas on Sabarimala from today

By Murali Krishnan & Agencies | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2020 12:49 AM IST
In November, the top court said the larger bench will re-examine the Sabarimala issue as well as those related to the entry of women into mosques, and the denial of access to fire temples for Parsi women who marry outside the community.
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Most shops and business establishment remained shut during the 24-hour-shutdown in Kerala.(HT Photo)
Most shops and business establishment remained shut during the 24-hour-shutdown in Kerala.(HT Photo)

Bharat Bandh:Nobel laureate Michael Levitt stranded, life crippled in Kerala

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2020 07:10 PM IST
The shutdown in Kerala was forced in some places, shop owners said. Many trade bodies had earlier said they will open for business but they later succumbed to the pressure. Sabarimala devotees were also left stranded at several places as transport was off roads.
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Many shopkeepers downed shutters under pressure from trade unions.(Representative photo: Santosh Kumar/HT)
Many shopkeepers downed shutters under pressure from trade unions.(Representative photo: Santosh Kumar/HT)

Bharat Bandh cripples normal life in Kerala, pilgrims stranded

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2020 08:58 AM IST
Going by earlier experiences, Kerala is expected to bear the maximum brunt of the nationwide strike among the southern states.
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A view of the Supreme Court(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
A view of the Supreme Court(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court’s 9-judge bench to begin Sabarimala verdict hearing next Monday

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2020 06:43 PM IST
The Supreme Court had last month indicated that the review petitions will be heard by a combination of seven judges.
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A police personnel checks the age proof of women devotees to weed out women in the 10-50 age group at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple.(HT Photo)
A police personnel checks the age proof of women devotees to weed out women in the 10-50 age group at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple.(HT Photo)

With record earnings, it’s business as usual at Sabarimala hill shrine

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2019 07:02 PM IST
A loss of Rs 100 crore was recorded in the last pilgrimage season as thousands of devotees couldn’t trek to the temple as its path turned into a battleground for protestors, both supporting and opposing the Supreme Court’s decision to allow young women pilgrims into the shrine against its age-old tradition.
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Men at work at the main temple complex of Sabarimala temple, in Kerala in November 2019.(Photo by Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times)
Men at work at the main temple complex of Sabarimala temple, in Kerala in November 2019.(Photo by Vivek Nair / Hindustan Times)

Supreme Court asks women seeking entry into Sabarimala to ‘be patient’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2019 06:14 AM IST
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde justified its stance by adverting to the possibility of violence in case the court passes any order.
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The two women, Bindu Ammini and Rehna Fathima, had approached the top court after attempts made by them to enter the hill shrine in Kerala had led to physical attacks against them.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The two women, Bindu Ammini and Rehna Fathima, had approached the top court after attempts made by them to enter the hill shrine in Kerala had led to physical attacks against them.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

‘Be patient’: SC to activists who asked for protection to enter Sabarimala

By Murali Krishnan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2019 01:18 PM IST
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde justified its stance saying the issue is an emotive one while also adverting to the possibility of violence in case the court passes an order.
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The September 2018 judgment of the Supreme Court permitting women to enter the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala is not the last word on the issue, Chief Justice of India SA Bobde remarked on Thursday(Vivek R Nair/HT File Photo)
The September 2018 judgment of the Supreme Court permitting women to enter the Sabarimala Ayyappa temple in Kerala is not the last word on the issue, Chief Justice of India SA Bobde remarked on Thursday(Vivek R Nair/HT File Photo)

Sabarimala verdict on entry of women not the last word, says Chief Justice Bobde

By Murali Krishnan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 02, 2020 12:24 AM IST
The court on Wednesday had agreed to list Fathima’s plea next week after it was mentioned by senior lawyer Colin Gonsalves. On September 28 last year, the Supreme Court had struck down a law barring entry of women in the age group of 10-50 years into the hill shrine in Kerala.
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NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times at 1 pm | ‘BJP’s game over’: NCP leader tweets after Supreme Court ruling and all the latest news

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2019 12:54 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion curated for you at this hour. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Desai, who arrived in the Kochi airport early morning today, was accompanied by Bindu Ammini, one of the two women who for the first time made it to the temple last year.((HT FILE Photo))
Desai, who arrived in the Kochi airport early morning today, was accompanied by Bindu Ammini, one of the two women who for the first time made it to the temple last year.((HT FILE Photo))

News updates from Hindustan Times at 9 am: Activist Trupti Desai on her way to Sabarimala, plans to move court if entry is blocked and all the latest news

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2019 08:46 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion curated for you at this hour. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Bindu Ammini, one of the two women who had managed to enter Kerala’s Sabarimala temple in January, was on Monday attacked with chili powder.(Screengrab from the video)
Bindu Ammini, one of the two women who had managed to enter Kerala’s Sabarimala temple in January, was on Monday attacked with chili powder.(Screengrab from the video)

Activist who visited Sabarimala in Jan attacked with chili powder on way to shrine

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 04:10 PM IST
Bindu Ammini and Trupti Desai had come at the Kochi Police commissioner’s office to seek security for their visit to the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district.
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Activist Rehana Fathima being escorted by the police to Sabarimala temple in Kerala on October 19, 2018.(Photo: PTI)
Activist Rehana Fathima being escorted by the police to Sabarimala temple in Kerala on October 19, 2018.(Photo: PTI)

Police decline protection to activist Rehana Fathima for Sabarimala visit

By Press Trust of India | Kochi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2019 07:07 PM IST
Rehana Fathima, in her 30s, had made an attempt to enter the hill shrine in October last year with police protection but was forced to return in the wake of massive protests by devotees.
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Women from diverse faiths look up to the courts to be able to freely exercise their rights. This demand for change is led by women who are religious(Kunal Patil / Hindustan Times)
Women from diverse faiths look up to the courts to be able to freely exercise their rights. This demand for change is led by women who are religious(Kunal Patil / Hindustan Times)

On gender, the Supreme Court should lead. Society will follow

By Zakia Soman
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2019 07:17 PM IST
The exercise of a man’s religious freedom cannot result in the violation of a woman’s right to religious freedom
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A Rapid Action Force jawan stands guard as devotees stand in queues to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple during the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala, Monday.(PTI)
A Rapid Action Force jawan stands guard as devotees stand in queues to offer prayers at the Lord Ayyappa temple during the two-month long Mandala-Makaravillakku pilgrimage season, in Sabarimala, Monday.(PTI)

12-year-old girl on way to Sabarimala stopped after Aadhaar card check

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 07:54 AM IST
The shrine of Lord Ayyappa in Sabarimala had opened for the annual 41-day pilgrimage on Saturday. Five women stopped from trekking up to the temple on the first day of the pilgrimage by the police.
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Supreme court did not stay its earlier order allowing entry of women in the Lord Ayyappa temple.(REUTERS Photo)
Supreme court did not stay its earlier order allowing entry of women in the Lord Ayyappa temple.(REUTERS Photo)

Heavy rush of pilgrims in Sabarimala, 2 women in ‘barred’ age denied entry

By Press Trust of India | Sabarimala
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 09:06 PM IST
Police checked the two women’s identity cards and sent them back as they were found to be in the ‘barred’ age group, police sources said. Females in this age group have traditionally been barred from praying at the shrine.
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Over 70,000 devotees have offered prayers at the Sabarimala shrine since the temple opened on November 16.(PTI Photo)
Over 70,000 devotees have offered prayers at the Sabarimala shrine since the temple opened on November 16.(PTI Photo)

Sabarimala receives over Rs 3.3 crore as revenue on opening day

By Press Trust of India | Sabarimala
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2019 05:53 PM IST
Travancore Devaswom Board President N Vasu on Monday said there was an increase of over 50% in the revenue when compared to last year and the pilgrimage season this year has been going well.
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Devotees keep their belongings at the cloak room while they move at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple as the shrine opened for Mandala-Makaravilakku pooja in the evening, at Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, India, on Saturday, November 16, 2019.(Photo: Vivek R Nair/Hindustan Times)
Devotees keep their belongings at the cloak room while they move at the Pamba base camp of Sabarimala Temple as the shrine opened for Mandala-Makaravilakku pooja in the evening, at Pathanamthitta district of Kerala, India, on Saturday, November 16, 2019.(Photo: Vivek R Nair/Hindustan Times)

Didn’t expect such a fate, says woman who was asked to turn back at Sabarimala

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Pambha
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 02:38 AM IST
Travelling with 18 relatives, Naidu had heard that the Supreme Court had cleared the way for women between 10 and 50 to visit the hilltop shrine, and hoped to fulfill her life’s dream of offering prayers to the presiding deity at Sabarimala, Ayappa.
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A police officer checking documents of women devotees to verify their age. Woman seen in yellow sari was later forced to retreat as she is 42, the barred age group.(Photo: Vivek R Nair/ Hindustan Times)
A police officer checking documents of women devotees to verify their age. Woman seen in yellow sari was later forced to retreat as she is 42, the barred age group.(Photo: Vivek R Nair/ Hindustan Times)

Women turned back after Sabarimala shrine opens

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Pambha (Sabarimala base camp)
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2019 04:47 AM IST
The five women, part of a group of 18 travellers from Andhra Pradesh, were asked to go back from the base camp of Pambha in south Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district.
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(Vivek R Nair)
(Vivek R Nair)

News updates from Hindustan Times | ‘Thought restrictions were gone’: Sabarimala woman devotee sent back on Day 1 and all the latest news at this hour

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2019 09:25 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9 PM. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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A police officer checking documents of women devotees to know their age. Woman in yellow sari was later forced to retreat since she was 42.(Vivek R Nair/HT Photo)
A police officer checking documents of women devotees to know their age. Woman in yellow sari was later forced to retreat since she was 42.(Vivek R Nair/HT Photo)

‘Thought restrictions were gone’: Sabarimala woman devotee sent back on Day 1

By Ramesh Babu | Pambha (Sabarimala base camp)
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 02:23 AM IST
Earlier this week, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court had referred a clutch of petitions seeking a review of its Sabarimala order last year that paved the way for the entry of women of all ages into the shrine to a larger seven-judge bench by a majority 3:2 ruling.
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Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple opened for Mandala-Makaravilakku pooja on Saturday evening.(ANI Photo)
Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple opened for Mandala-Makaravilakku pooja on Saturday evening.(ANI Photo)

Sabarimala temple opens amid tight security, 5 women sent back by police

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Pathanamthitta
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 02:09 AM IST
Police personnel sought proof of age as some elderly women began the trek amid a heavy rush of devotees in the base camp of Pambha, which is 5km away from the temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa.
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Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das at an election rally in Daltonganj on November 13.(HT File Photo)
Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das at an election rally in Daltonganj on November 13.(HT File Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: BJP may bank on multi-polar fight in Jharkhand and all the latest news at this hour

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2019 08:51 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9 am. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Bindu Ammini, 42, and Kanaka Durga, 44, are escorted by police after they attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta in Kerala on December 24, 2018. Picture taken on December 24, 2018.(Reuters)
Bindu Ammini, 42, and Kanaka Durga, 44, are escorted by police after they attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta in Kerala on December 24, 2018. Picture taken on December 24, 2018.(Reuters)

Not our job to take women to Sabarimala: Kerala minister Kadakampally Surendran

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2019 02:01 AM IST
State temple affairs minister Kadakampally Surendran said the government will not give protection to women activists and they should get a court order if they still wanted to visit the shrine.
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On Onam, Malayalis celebrate the annual return of good king Mahabali.(Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)
On Onam, Malayalis celebrate the annual return of good king Mahabali.(Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)

Review: Antigod’s Own Country by AV Sakthidharan

By Dhrubo Jyoti | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2019 07:24 PM IST
In Antigod’s Own Country, AV Sakthidharan uses the motif of Onam and the many myths surrounding it to sketch the cultural and spiritual roots of festivals, deities and faiths, and underline how Brahmanical traditions may have co-opted them
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The Sabarimala judgment or even the triple talaq order emanated from the SC’s determination that these were not essential to faith. But what if there is an essential practice which is discriminatory? Shouldn’t equality prevail over faith?(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The Sabarimala judgment or even the triple talaq order emanated from the SC’s determination that these were not essential to faith. But what if there is an essential practice which is discriminatory? Shouldn’t equality prevail over faith?(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Sabarimala: With its ‘essentiality doctrine’, has SC walked into a trap? | Opinion

UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2019 08:09 AM IST
The court is not the clergy. Instead of deciding on what is integral to faith, follow the Constitution
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Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi retires on November 17.(AP)
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi retires on November 17.(AP)

4-min hearing, 10 notices and note on silence on CJI Ranjan Gogoi’s last day at work

By HT Correspodent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 27, 2020 08:30 PM IST
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi retires on November 17. He will be succeeded by Justice SA Bobde.
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Lord Ayyappa Temple, in Sabarimala, Kerala, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The temple is set to open on November 16, 2019.(PTI)
Lord Ayyappa Temple, in Sabarimala, Kerala, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The temple is set to open on November 16, 2019.(PTI)

No protection for women visiting Sabarimala, says Kerala minister day before temple opens

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 01:42 AM IST
Activist and Bhoomata Brigade leader Trupti Desai has announced her plan to visit the Sabarimala temple on the first day of the three-month pilgrimage season beginning on Saturday.
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A view of the Supreme Court during the verdict in the Sabarimala case, in New Delhi, on Thursday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
A view of the Supreme Court during the verdict in the Sabarimala case, in New Delhi, on Thursday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Parsi woman awaits verdict as SC refers Sabarimala review petition to a larger bench

By Yesha Kotak | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2019 02:00 AM IST
In 2017, the Supreme Court overruled a 2010 Gujarat high court verdict that found in favour of a customary law which prevented Mumbai-based plaintiff Goolrukh Gupta from visiting the Tower of Silence — a sacred space for death rituals — to perform her father’s last rites, as she had married a non-Zoroastrian.
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At present, women can offer prayers at mosques under Jamaat-e-Islami and Mujahid denominations. Image used for representational purpose only.(File photo: AP)
At present, women can offer prayers at mosques under Jamaat-e-Islami and Mujahid denominations. Image used for representational purpose only.(File photo: AP)

Larger bench will take up issue of women’s entry in mosques

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2019 08:18 AM IST
On Thursday as a five-judge bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi referred the issues raised in the Sabarimala verdict to a larger bench, it suggested a similar reference of the PIL on women’s entry into mosque.
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