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#Sabarimala: Hearing resumes in Supreme Court.
#Sabarimala: @DrAMSinghvi making submissions for Travancore Devaswom Board.
#Sabarimala: Justice Rohinton Nariman referring to the stand of Devaswom Board in High Court of allowing women for five days in a month.

"The deity cannot suddenly disappear for five days only to reappear later", Nariman.
#Sabarimala: Justice Nariman asks AM Singhvi how the Travancore Devswom Board how it can justify its contradictory stance.
#Sabarimala: "The test is not how and why women are excluded; The test is whether those who believe in Ayyappa denomination has practiced this for a considerable time in history. This is subject however to whether it is barbaric and illegal", submits @DrAMSinghvi
#Sabarimala: "The object is not to exclude women but due to physiological reasons they get excluded. Anybody with same physiological reasons will be exlcuded ", AM Singhvi.
#Sabarimala: After 1950s, it is Constitutional ethos which is the benchmark for liberty, equality, DY Chandrachud J.
#Sabarimala: The question is whether we can apply Constitutional morality test as stated by Amicus Ramachandran. If yes then it straight away blocks your case, Rohinton Nariman J. to @DrAMSinghvi
#Sabarimala: Contemporary morality is varied and keeps changing, Nariman. J.
#Sabarimala: Singhvi citing the example of why women are not allowed inside mosque.

"There are twenty other religions with twenty other practices", says AM Singhvi.
#Sabarimala: CJI Dipak Misra asks why barring entry of women into temple is "essential".

"It must have some kind of essential entrenchment in the Constitution", CJI Dipak Misra.
#Sabarimala: Rohinton Nariman J. once again bringing up Devaswom Board's stand in High Court.

" Forget about my stand. Even State of Kerala has changed its stance three times", says Singhvi.
#Sabarimala: Rohinton Nariman J. says reason for restriction is ladies cannot observe Vratam for 41 days because they menstruate.
#Sabarimala: "Nowhere is any of the affidavits is it said that women are kept out because they are impure when they menstruate", Rohinton Nariman J .
#Sabarimala: Singhvi now arguing on powers of Tantri to decide matters relating to the temple.
#Sabarimala: AM Singhvi relying on the Kerala High Court judgment from 1990s which had dismissed a similar petition.
#Sabarimala: Bench, particularly Rohinton Nariman and DY Chandrachud JJ., quizzing Singhvi on various assertions in the Kerala High Court judgment.
#Sabarimala: "This judgment does not establish Sabarimala is a denominational temple", CJI Dipak Misra.

"Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala is a denominational temple", AM Singhvi stands his ground.
#Sabarimala: "Can Supreme Court give a finding that a belief is not of antiquity. Your Lordships cannot disturb a Hindu practice of a particular denomination without factual trial. Article 32 proceedings would be the most wrong way to do it because where is evidence" @DrAMSinghvi
#Sabarimala: AM Singhvi asking for a time-bound trial to ascertain facts

"It could be done in three or six months", Singhvi.
#Sabarimala: "You have to show us that you are a denomination", CJI Dipak Misra to AM Singhvi.

Bench rises for lunch.
#Sabarimala: Bench re-assembles, hearing commences.

Singhvi continuing.
#Sabarimala: Singhvi on Shirur Matt case and the scope of "denomination".
#Sabarimala: "Suppose we find that you are not a religious denomination, are you going to make an alternative argument", Nariman J.

"I will argue on Article 25", Singhvi.
#Sabarimala: Singhvi taking court through various judgments to explain scope of "denomination" and assert that Sabarimala temple is a denominational temple.
#Sabarimala: Singhvi citing the case of Attukal temple in Kerala which does not allow women during the time of Pongala.
#Sabarimala: "Many of these temples the originating thought process is not gender at all.

It is not anti-women, it is a belief and faith", Singhvi.
#Sabarimala: "Mr. Singhvi, the moment they say they are being excluded and it violates A. 14, 15 and 25, then the burden is on you to show is that the practice is not unconstitutional because it is clear that you are exlcuding them", Nariman J.
#Sabarimala: "This case cannot be decided on notions, Your Lordships judgment will have far reaching consequences on the bedrock of faith", AM Singhvi.
#Sabarimala: The older the religion, the more such practices

Sikhism and Bahaism, the more recent faiths dont [have such practices], Nariman J.
#Sabarimala: " Right from the day they are born women have to go through social conditioning - 'this is what you are supposed to follow, this is your role'", DY Chandrachud J.
#Sabarimala: "The only reason is paternalistic notion that during 41 days women cannot keep the Vratam, no other temple prohibits women", Nariman J.
#Sabarimala: It is due to the notions attached to Vratam, Singhvi.
#Sabarimala: It is due to the male dominated society and the notion is only men can perform Vratam but a female, a chattel of man, cannot perform 41-day Vratam retorts Chandrachud.
#Sabarimala: Such male chauvinism is prevalent in societies and relgions all over the world, AM Singhvi.

We will obliterate them wherever we can, DY Chandrachud J.
#Sabarimala: Violation of Article 17 comes up for debate once again.

CJI Dipak Misra says they wont go into that issue; Indira Jaising immediately points out a dissenting judgment on how excommunication is hit by A.17.

It is now pending consideration of SC, says Jaising.
#Sabarimala: @DrAMSinghvi concludes arguments, Bench rises for the day. Hearing to continue tomorrow.

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