New Delhi: The ban on entry of women belonging to a particular age group at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple is not gender discrimination, the Centre will inform Supreme Court.
There are many temples in India where such traditions exist. According to sources, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta will inform the apex court that Attukal temple, Chakkulathukavu temple in Kerala, Brahma temple in Rajasthan have similar traditions.
In Attukal temple, on certain days, men are not allowed inside. This is not gender discrimination but a tradition existing in the temple. Such temple-related traditions shouldn’t be subjected to judicial examination, Centre will inform SC.
Such traditions not only exist in Hindu religion, but in Islam and Christianity. All these are part of worship and the difference is only in the way it is performed, it will further say in the court.