Sabarimala: Supreme Court reserves judgment on review pleas

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its judgment on pleas seeking a review of its decision to throw open Kerala's Sabarimala temple to women of all ages.

In September, the Supreme Court delivered a landmark majority verdict that removed the entry ban preventing women aged between 10 and 50 from visiting the Lord Ayyappa shrine.

The temple deity is considered to be eternally celibate.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi heard submissions on Wednesday.

The other judges -- Justices RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra -- were on the bench that struck down the entry ban at Sabarimala last year. (Justice Malhotra dissented.)

A number of organisations argued for the reconsideration of the September judgment, which sparked widespread protests in Kerala.

One of them, the Nair Service Society, said the exclusion of women at the shrine couldn't be compared with untouchability.

(with news agency inputs)