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About "Religion vs. Equity"
The Sabarimala temple, a Hindu shrine in the southern Indian state of Kerala, has been always been off-limits for women between the ages of 10 and 50. Devotees claim that the purity of the temple partly depends on keeping out the unwanted, while opponents of the restriction argue that it discriminates against women who want to worship.
The Supreme Court of India sided with the policy’s opponents, citing gender discrimination, and ordered that the temple admit women. It seemed to be a historic day for women, as the longstanding restriction met its match in court. But so far, not a single woman has been able to fight though crowds of protestors and enter the temple. Intriguingly, women (most between the ages of 10 and 51) are among the protestors blocking women from entry.
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