The Kerala government have submitted in the Supreme Court that under the Travancore-Cochin Hindu Religious Institutions Act of 1950, women above 35 years of age could be a member of the Travancore Devaswom Board and this position continued till 2007 amendment which increased the age to 60 years.Therefore it is impossible to argue that women below 50 years cannot enter the temple.
Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple issue is about the conflict between women rights and tradition. According to age-old traditions and customs, women from ten to fifty years of age were not permitted into Sabarimala Temple. However, the situation changed when the constitutional bench of the Supreme Court declared that restricting entry of women of menstruating age was unconstitutional.
A review petition was then filed in the Supreme Court challenging the earlier verdict of the apex court which allowed the entry of women inside the Sabarimala temple.
Review Petition is a discretionary right of the court. Any party aggrieved by the judgment may appeal for reviewing the said judgment to the same court.It is also recommended that the petition be heard by the same bench of judges that delivered the judgment.