Menstruation is the natural part of the reproductive cycle in which blood from the uterus exits through the vagina. It is a natural process that first occurs in girls usually between the age of 11 and 14 years and is one of the indicators of the onset of puberty among them. Despite being a phenomenon unique to girls, this has always been surrounded by secrecy and myths in many societies. Taboos surrounding menstruation exclude women and girls from many aspects of social and cultural life.
In this article, we will primarily discuss the Sabarimala temple issue which is practiced for a long time, and women were deprived of their rights we will discuss it and also look at such type of issues.
Sabarimala sriayappa temple is dedicated to Lord ayyappa is the most famous temple located in Kerala. there was a belief in which the Sabarimala temple restricts menstruating women (between the age of 10 and 50 years) from taking the pilgrimage to Sabarimala.
the Kerala government appealed to the Supreme Court that the beliefs and customs of devotees cannot be altered employing a judicial process and the priests’ opinion is final. after that, the supreme court referred this matter to a larger bench. various arguments were there in favor of women to enter the temple. the argument that menstruation would pollute the temple premises is unacceptable since there is nothing “unclean” or “impure” about a menstruating woman.
Discriminating based on the biological factor exclusive to the female gender is unconstitutional as it violates fundamental rights under Article 14 (equality), Article 15 (discrimination abolition), and Article 17 (Untouchability abolition). By analyzing all the parties the supreme court In a 4-1 majority, the Supreme Court struck down provisions of the Kerala Hindu Places of Public Worship (Authorisation of Entry) Rules, 1965 and allowed women, irrespective of their age, to enter Sabarimala temple and worship the deity. So with that case, we conclude that how women suffer during their menstrual period what type of trauma they have to go through they cant worship the temple and the religion they want it is unconstitutional and also not favors morality and equality.
There is a need for more substantive laws that will highlight such taboos and need for more campaigns that help school girls and also they know their rights and actual truth regardless of religion and culture which is redundant which constitution itself not guarantee. according to me such conservative thinking of following such taboos is only because of not providing proper education which not only affects themselves but also transfers this to the younger generation. restricting women to enter a religious place also harness individual’s rights to live their life with dignity. A woman menstruates for about 7 years in their whole life and to deny them the right to personal hygiene seems like a crime that goes unpunished on a daily.
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