"It is to be pointed out that a larger issue as regards restricting of entry of women into the temple is now under consideration of the honorable Supreme Court. Therefore, we do not propose to take any decision in this matter nor even order notice to the authorities. Hence, the matter is adjourned by two months", the division bench, comprising Justices T S Sivagnanam and Pushpa Sathyanarayana said when a PIL filed by one S Aarthy of Villupuram district came up before it.

Submitting that she is a Hindu by religion, Aarthy said there are hundreds of temples in Tamil Nadu and the  Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department controls entry to them.
Rule 3 prohibits women from entering temples "at such times during which they are not, by custom and usage, allowed to enter".
Alleging discrimination between men and women, the petitioner submitted that no rules, statutory or otherwise, can prescribe any condition on women relating to a particular point of time during which they can be prohibited from entering a temple and worship.

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