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The petition, filed by the Muslim couple, Yasmin Zuber Ahmad Peerzade and Zuber Ahmad Nazir Ahmad Peerzade, refers to the Sabarimala verdict to say that women have the right to worship in Mosques.(HT FILE PHOTO)

On women’s right to pray at mosques, Supreme Court issues notices

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2019 09:23 AM IST
The couple has said that there are no Muslim laws barring women from entering mosques and offering prayers.
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The top court had nudged the Haji Ali Dargah Trust to concede in October 2016 to allow women to enter the sanctum sanctorum.(HT PHOTO)
The top court had nudged the Haji Ali Dargah Trust to concede in October 2016 to allow women to enter the sanctum sanctorum.(HT PHOTO)

On women’s right to pray at mosques, SC issues notices to Centre, AIMPLB

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 17, 2019 01:01 AM IST
A bench of justices SA Bobde and SA Nazeer said it was entertaining the public interest litigation (PIL) only because of the Sabarimala verdict delivered last year that allowed women of all ages, including those of childbearing age, to pray at the hilltop shrine in Kerala.
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(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

‘Hearing case due to Sabarimala’: SC notice on plea to let women in mosques

By Bhadra Sinha | New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2019 12:29 PM IST
While hearing the petition, the court said that it was hearing the plea only because of the Sabarimala verdict which had been quoted in the PIL.
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The senior Congress leader alleged that the Centre and the state were hand-in-glove for having worsened the Sabarimala issue(Amal KS/HT FILE PHOTO)
The senior Congress leader alleged that the Centre and the state were hand-in-glove for having worsened the Sabarimala issue(Amal KS/HT FILE PHOTO)

Congress says PM ‘cheated’ devotees on Sabarimala

By Press Trust of India | Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2019 01:37 AM IST
Hitting out at Modi and the BJP, AICC General Secretary (Organisation) K C Venugopal alleged that the party had “cheated” the devotees and “are sincere to Sabarimala only when it comes to election and voting”.
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At an election rally in Kollam, about 70 km from the state capital, Kerala CM Vijayan slammed PM Modi for speaking about Sabarimala in neighbouring states, while in Kerala he did not name the shrine.(PTI PHOTO)
At an election rally in Kollam, about 70 km from the state capital, Kerala CM Vijayan slammed PM Modi for speaking about Sabarimala in neighbouring states, while in Kerala he did not name the shrine.(PTI PHOTO)

‘PM Modi is lying about Sabarimala,’ says Kerala CM Vijayan

By Indo-Asian News Service | Hindustan Times, Kollam (Kerala)
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2019 02:15 PM IST
Modi, while addressing election rallies in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, had breathed fire against Vijayan for arresting devotees who protested against the manner in which the tradition and culture of Sabarimala were violated.
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After the Supreme Court verdict, which allowed women of all ages to worship at the temple, the state had witnessed widespread violence. At the height of the agitation three months ago, more than 10,000 people were booked.(HT FILE PHOTO)
After the Supreme Court verdict, which allowed women of all ages to worship at the temple, the state had witnessed widespread violence. At the height of the agitation three months ago, more than 10,000 people were booked.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Sabarimala temple body hits streets again, protests outside Secretariat

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram:
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2019 10:17 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who addressed a rally in north Kerala’s Kozhikkode on Friday made it clear that Sabarimala remained the party’s main poll plank in the state.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday targeted the Congress and its alliance partners for seeking proof of the cross-border operations conducted by the armed forces against terrorists.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday targeted the Congress and its alliance partners for seeking proof of the cross-border operations conducted by the armed forces against terrorists.(ANI)

In Karnataka, PM Modi cites surgical strike, Sabarimala to target Congress-led Oppn

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mangaluru
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2019 06:15 PM IST
Over 150 military veterans wrote a letter on Friday to the President expressing their reservations over alleged “political use” of the armed forces. At a poll rally on Saturday, PM Modi cited surgical strike among other things to Opposition parties in Karnataka.
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an election rally during the first phase of the Indian general elections in Bihar’s Bhagalpur region(AFP)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an election rally during the first phase of the Indian general elections in Bihar’s Bhagalpur region(AFP)

PM Modi to address rally in Kerala

By Ramesh Babu | Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 11:50 AM IST
During the public rally PM Narendra Modi is likely to talk about the Congress president’s choice of the second seat and the controversy over the Sabarimala temple.
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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Jolt to BJP as candidate gets 14-day jail on Sabarimala row (Photo by Vivek R Nair / Hindustan Times)
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Jolt to BJP as candidate gets 14-day jail on Sabarimala row (Photo by Vivek R Nair / Hindustan Times)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Jolt to BJP as candidate gets 14-day jail on Sabarimala row

By Press Trust of India | Pathanamthitta
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2019 08:06 AM IST
Prakash Babu was accused of attacking the woman who had come to offer prayers at the Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple in November amid protests against implementing the September 28 apex court verdict permitting women of all age groups into the shrine.
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A view of pilgrims at the Sabarimala Sannidhanam or the main temple complex which opened for five-day monthly puja in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, India on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.(Photo: Vivek R Nair / Hindustan Times)
A view of pilgrims at the Sabarimala Sannidhanam or the main temple complex which opened for five-day monthly puja in Pathanamthitta district, Kerala, India on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.(Photo: Vivek R Nair / Hindustan Times)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Poll campaign focus on Sabarimala row

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapura
UPDATED ON MAR 28, 2019 07:28 AM IST
Come 2019, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is looking to gain mileage from the violent protests against the entry of women between 10 and 50 years of age in to the Sabarimala temple.
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he RSS also has another objective -- to protect itself from being demonised by the opposition.(REUTERS)
he RSS also has another objective -- to protect itself from being demonised by the opposition.(REUTERS)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: There’s a battle of narratives in Sangh’s LS election war rooms

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2019 05:23 PM IST
In 2019, the electoral battle in many ways seems to be a replay of 2014.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is garlanded by BJP members during the Yuva Morcha meet, at Thekkinkad Maidanam, in Thrissur, Kerala, India, on Sunday, January 27, 2019.(Photo by Vivek R Nair / Hindustan Times)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is garlanded by BJP members during the Yuva Morcha meet, at Thekkinkad Maidanam, in Thrissur, Kerala, India, on Sunday, January 27, 2019.(Photo by Vivek R Nair / Hindustan Times)

Suspense in Kerala BJP continues over Pathanamthitta seat

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2019 11:19 PM IST
Desperate to open an account in Kerala there was a scramble in BJP for Pathanamthitta seat and the party leadership kept the suspense alive by not naming the candidate in the constituency where the hill temple Sabarimala is situated.
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Election Commission staff seals Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).(HT File Photo)
Election Commission staff seals Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).(HT File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: State election panels issue directions for free, fair polls

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, NEW DELHI/KERALA/PUNJAB/UTTARAKHAND/RAJASTHAN
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2019 11:56 PM IST
Provisions of the model code of conduct, which came into effect on Sunday also bar candidates from invoking religion to seek votes; making speeches that can cause differences or tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic groups
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The festival will end on March 21. The temple will also get a new gold-plated door for the sanctum sanctorum when the hill shrine opens for the festival tomorrow.(HT Photo)
The festival will end on March 21. The temple will also get a new gold-plated door for the sanctum sanctorum when the hill shrine opens for the festival tomorrow.(HT Photo)

Sabarimala temple to open for annual 10-day festival from March 11

By Press Trust of India | Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON MAR 10, 2019 05:08 PM IST
A release issued by the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which administers the shrine, said that head priest Kandararu Rajeevaru would preside over the temple opening ceremony.
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An official communique from the President’s office said that Kummanam Rajasekharan’s resignation had been accepted.(ANI)
An official communique from the President’s office said that Kummanam Rajasekharan’s resignation had been accepted.(ANI)

Kummanam Rajasekharan quits as Mizoram governor, may fight Lok Sabha polls against Shashi Tharoor

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2019 10:40 PM IST
Rajasekharan’s resignation comes in the wake of the BJP’s Kerala unit asking the party leadership to recall him and make him a candidate from the Thiruvananthapuram against Congress’s Shashi Tharoor.
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BJP president Amit Shah tore into the CPI(M) in Kerala, alleging that the Pinarayi Vijayan government had sent DYFI cadre posing as policemen to control Hindu devotees in Sabarimala temple premises.(PTI)
BJP president Amit Shah tore into the CPI(M) in Kerala, alleging that the Pinarayi Vijayan government had sent DYFI cadre posing as policemen to control Hindu devotees in Sabarimala temple premises.(PTI)

Non-believers have no right to dictate terms to believers, Amit Shah warns CPI(M) on Sabarimala

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Palakkad
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2019 07:57 PM IST
BJP president Amit Shah tore into the CPI(M) in Kerala, alleging that the Pinarayi Vijayan government had sent DYFI cadre posing as policemen to control Hindu devotees in Sabarimala temple premises.
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A priest closes the doors of sanctum sanctorum for performing religious rituals in Sabarimala temple.(Reuters file photo)
A priest closes the doors of sanctum sanctorum for performing religious rituals in Sabarimala temple.(Reuters file photo)

Sabarimala temple opens for 5-day puja, fearing violence pilgrims stay away

By HT Correspondent | HIndustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2019 05:51 PM IST
Though the police had requested the district administration to impose section 144 CRPC in the area, the prohibitory order has not been enforced as yet.
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A Padmakumar, the president of the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) that runs the temple, expressed displeasure that he had not been kept in the loop about the latest position taken by the board.(REUTERS)
A Padmakumar, the president of the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) that runs the temple, expressed displeasure that he had not been kept in the loop about the latest position taken by the board.(REUTERS)

U-turn in Supreme Court leads to differences within Sabarimala board

By Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2019 07:46 AM IST
A Padmakumar, the president of the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) that runs the temple, expressed displeasure that he had not been kept in the loop about the latest position taken by the board.
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Devotees wait in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala on October 18.(REUTERS)
Devotees wait in queues inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala on October 18.(REUTERS)

Sabarimala temple trust changes its stand on entry of women

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 11:45 PM IST
The Kerala government’s counsel, while opposing the review of the Supreme Court’s order on Sabarimala, said that the “essential practice of a religion and the essential practice of a temple cannot be confused.”
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On September 28, the top court ruled by a 4-1 majority that no woman can be stopped from entering Sabarimala temple, ending a traditional ban on the entry of women into the over 800-year-old shrine in south Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district.(HT Photo)
On September 28, the top court ruled by a 4-1 majority that no woman can be stopped from entering Sabarimala temple, ending a traditional ban on the entry of women into the over 800-year-old shrine in south Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district.(HT Photo)

‘Faith can be irrational, Sabarimala not science museum’: Supreme Court told

By Bhadra Sinha | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 01:31 PM IST
A five-judge Supreme Court bench that started hearing over 50 petitions on entry of women into Kerala’s Sabarimala temple has been told that the constitutional bar on discrimination does not apply to religious places.
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Kanaka Durga had entered the Sabarimala temple along with Bindu on January 2 this year amid protests against opening of the Kerala shrine to women of all age groups.(Photo: Twitter/@ANI)
Kanaka Durga had entered the Sabarimala temple along with Bindu on January 2 this year amid protests against opening of the Kerala shrine to women of all age groups.(Photo: Twitter/@ANI)

Hope to see my kids: Ostracised for entering Sabarimala, woman returns home

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Malappuram, Kerala
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 11:54 AM IST
Kanaka Durga, one of the two women who entered the Sabarimala temple on January 2, said she hopes to see her kids soon. She has been allowed to stay at her husband’s house by a local court.
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Five judges of the Supreme Court began hearing petitions challenging its verdict that opened the doors of Sabarimala temple to women(PTI)
Five judges of the Supreme Court began hearing petitions challenging its verdict that opened the doors of Sabarimala temple to women(PTI)

Sabarimala Highlights| Supreme Court reserves verdict on Sabarimala review pleas

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 05:03 PM IST

Five judges of the Supreme Court began hearing petitions challenging its verdict that opened the doors of Sabarimala temple to women, setting off massive street protests in Kerala by traditionalists and triggering a political slugfest between the CPI(M) and the BJP.Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is heading a five-judge constitution bench that is hearing the case which was scheduled to be heard on January 22 but had to be postponed as Justice Indu Malhotra was on medical leave.The top court’s verdict last September had sparked major protests by devotees of Lord Ayyappa against the entry of women and girls between the ages of 10 and 50 years on grounds that women of reproductive age should not be allowed into the temple dedicated to the celibate god.Here are the highlights:

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Devotees climb over the holy eighteen golden steps to worship diety of Hindu god Ayyapa at a temple premises in Sabarimala in the southern state of Kerala on November 16.(HT File Photo/Vivek Nair)
Devotees climb over the holy eighteen golden steps to worship diety of Hindu god Ayyapa at a temple premises in Sabarimala in the southern state of Kerala on November 16.(HT File Photo/Vivek Nair)

Four months after landmark verdict, Supreme Court begins hearing on Sabarimala review petitions

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 10:54 AM IST
The top court last September had given a ruling ending the traditional ban on the entry of women between 10 and 50 years of age to the Sabarimala shrine.
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Kanakdurga, who entered Sabarimala temple, will be given round-the-clock security by six policemen.(PTI)
Kanakdurga, who entered Sabarimala temple, will be given round-the-clock security by six policemen.(PTI)

Woman who defied Sabarimala ban allowed to enter house, to be given security

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2019 07:08 PM IST
A village court directed her husband and other relatives not to block her entry and ordered them not to dispose their house till further orders.
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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Baba Ramdev (left) attend Vishwa Hindu Parishad's 'Dharm Sansad' at the Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj on Thursday.(PTI)
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Baba Ramdev (left) attend Vishwa Hindu Parishad's 'Dharm Sansad' at the Kumbh Mela 2019 in Prayagraj on Thursday.(PTI)

Sabarimala, Ram temple in focus at VHP’s Dharam Sansad

By Pawan Dixit, Kenneth John and K Sandeep Kumar | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 10:35 PM IST
Rashtriya Swayamsevak chief Mohan Bhagwat equated the Sabarimala temple issue in Kerala with the Ram temple issue in Ayodhya and termed the agitation a movement of the Hindus.
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Devotees and members of Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) participate in a march 'Walk for Ayyappa' in relation to violence faced by devotees at Sabarimala's Ayyappa temple in Kolkata.(PTI)
Devotees and members of Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) participate in a march 'Walk for Ayyappa' in relation to violence faced by devotees at Sabarimala's Ayyappa temple in Kolkata.(PTI)

Kerala budget allots over Rs 700 crore for Sabarimala after protests hit revenue

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 07:07 PM IST
Kerala’s Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led government on Thursday earmarked Rs 739 crore for the development of Sabarimala temple that has seen widespread protests.
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Police stand inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, India, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V/Files(Reuters File)
Police stand inside the premises of the Sabarimala temple in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, India, October 17, 2018. REUTERS/Sivaram V/Files(Reuters File)

SC to hear pleas challenging women entry to Sabarimala temple on Feb 6

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 05:51 PM IST
Kerala has witnessed a string of protests in Kerala after the Supreme Court in its order in September last year lifted restrictions on the entry of women between the age of 10 and 50.
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The leaders and several saints, including yoga guru Ramdev, were speaking at the Dharam Sansad organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, which started on Thursday at the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj.(PTI)
The leaders and several saints, including yoga guru Ramdev, were speaking at the Dharam Sansad organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, which started on Thursday at the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj.(PTI)

Supreme Court didn’t consider emotions of Hindus: Mohan Bhagwat on Sabarimala verdict

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 03:36 PM IST
The leaders and several saints, including yoga guru Ramdev, were speaking at the Dharam Sansad organised by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, which started on Thursday at the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj.
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Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac presenting Budget 2019-20 in the state assembly on Thursday.(Photo: Twitter/@ANI)
Kerala Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac presenting Budget 2019-20 in the state assembly on Thursday.(Photo: Twitter/@ANI)

‘Sabarimala violence second disaster after floods’: Kerala FM Thomas Isaac in Budget speech

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2019 12:12 PM IST
Kerala finance minister has described the Sabarimala violence as a disaster and compared it with the massive floods that the state faced in 2018.
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi kicked off the United Democratic Front’s election campaign in Kochi today.(Congress/Youtube)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi kicked off the United Democratic Front’s election campaign in Kochi today.(Congress/Youtube)

Rahul Gandhi in Kerala LIVE: Manohar Parrikar said he had nothing to do with new Rafale deal, says Congress chief

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2019 05:44 PM IST

Congress president Rahul Gandhi kicked off the United Democratic Front’s election campaign in Kochi today. He will address a convention of party booth presidents and vice-presidents in the evening and meet leaders of alliance partners. He is also expected to reply to some of the charges made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had addressed two rallies in Kerala in two weeks. Some Lok Sabha constituencies in the state are likely face a stiff three-cornered contest this time against the background of the controversy over the entry of women into the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. Out of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state the Congress-led UDF won 12 and CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front bagged eight in the 2014 general elections.The Congress had come under flak after Rahul Gandhi said he backed the stand of Kerala unit of the party opposing the entry of women in the 10 to 50 age group in the Sabarimala temple even though he personally held a contrary view. Here are the live updates:

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