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Constitution Prohibits Exclusion of any Community from Worship Place: Supreme Court

NEW DELHI, July 31: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that the Indian Constitution prohibits exclusion of any community or section of people from any place of worship and the constitutional values would prevail over the religious.

A five-judge constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra said that the constitutional provision stops exclusion from any religious place and the constitutional values have to weigh over the religious.

Describing the Constitution as a ‘vibrant and dynamic’ document, Justice Chandrachud said that constitution is not bound by any religious practice. The court said this as lawyers Gopal Sankaranarayanan and V.K. Biju appearing for intervenor justified the prohibition of women in the age group of 10 to 50 years from entering the Sabarimala temple.

Sankaranarayanan told the court that Sabarimala temple dedicated to Lord Ayyappa was open to the people of all the faith, castes and groups irrespective of their religious beliefs. (IANS)