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1) Sabarimala temple entry case is a test case not only for freedom of religion and women’s rights but also for constitutional interpretation. Comment.(250 words)

Topic–  Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

1) Sabarimala temple entry case is a test case not only for freedom of religion and women’s rights but also for constitutional interpretation. Comment.(250 words)

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Why this question

The Supreme Court is presently hearing a petition challenging the restrictions placed on entry of women in the Sabarimala temple. The issue has been discussed already but the given article provides new insights into the issue. Therefore it is important to know and discuss upon those insights.

Directive word

Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to express our opinion on the issue as to how Sabarimala temple entry case is a test case not only for freedom of religion and women’s rights but also for constitutional interpretation. How it is related to the interpretation of the constitution.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– write a few lines about the key facts of the Sabarimala temple entry case- e.g women of certain age are prohibited from visiting the temple of Lord Ayyappa, a celibate deity etc.

Body-

  • Discuss how the issue affects the freedom of religion- discuss article 25, article 26 and its relation to the case; also mention the arguments of the deity being a jurist person.
  • Discuss how the issue affects women’s rights- discuss article 14, article 15 and article 21 and how they are related to the case.
  • Discuss how the case is related to the interpretation of the constitution. Discuss the original intent approach vs the living tree approach that can be adopted to deliberate  (scope of article 21) and decide upon the case.

Conclusion–  Based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.