Gender-based restrictions cannot be imposed, women can trek to Agasthyarkoodam: Kerala HC rules

Meera Emmanuel December 7 2018

The Kerala High Court has ruled that no gender-based restrictions can be imposed on those wishing to make treks to Agasthyarkoodam, thereby lifting the unofficial ban on the entry of women to the mountain peak.

However, in the interest of preserving biodiversity, and in some relief to members of the Kani tribe who challenged the entry of women, both female and male trekkers are barred from entering the area where the celibate Agasthya Muni idol is situated.

As stated in the judgment . . .

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