Kerala filed affidavit to SC to not allow women to Sabarmalai shrine

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The State Government has filed a ‘modified’ affidavit in the Supreme Court on Friday in which it has stated that the Sabarimala’s Ayyappa deity is a ‘naishtika brahmin’, and therefore it would be against traditions to allow women between the age of 10 and 50 at the shrine.The latest affidavit is a virtual rejection of the affidavit submitted in 2008 during the LDF tenure, which essentially wanted women of all ages to be given the freedom to visit the hill shrine.The Supreme Court will hear the case related to the entry of women in Sabarimala on February 8. The Travancore Devaswom Board, which runs the Sabarimala temple, has also filed an affidavit in the apex court on the same lines.

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