Should females between the age of 10 and 50 be allowed inside the Sabarimala temple in Kerala?
This question has been the subject of a raging debate for years, with extremely polarised views. It has taken a new twist after the Supreme Court asked how women could be disallowed as this was against the spirit of the Constitution.
Ayyappa devotees believe that women are not allowed into the shrine as a mark of respect to the celibate God, while those who advocate entry for women staunchly believe that this is mere discrimination.
The News Minute invited two opinion makers to write on the subject:
Rahul Easwar, social activist and a member of the Sabarimala thantri family, explains in this blog the belief behind prohibiting females between the 10-50 age group.
Senior advocate and human rights activist Sudha Ramalingam believes this act is against the grain of the Constitution and she explains why in her article.
The News Minute's Chitra Subramaniam meanwhile believes that change is inevitable, but we need to engage in a conversation. Read her take here.