Painting on nude body: Kerala High Court rejects anticipatory bail to woman activist Rehana Fathima

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The Kerala High Court on Friday rejected anticipatory bail to woman activist Rehana Fathima in the case related to the posting offensive social media video of minor children drawing on her naked body.

Fathima, a former BSNL employee hailing from Kochi, was booked by the police on two complaints filed at different police stations following the furore over the video, which went viral in the social media. The Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights had also asked the police to register a case against her.

Dismissing her arguments against the case slapped on her by the police, the court said that the police can go ahead with their investigation. Rehena had hit the headlines in October 2018 when she was forced to abandon her plan to pray at the Sabarimala temple following the Supreme Court verdict allowing menstruating women to visit the temple.

Since then she has been under suspension. Later she was terminated from the service following an internal probe, which found that her Facebook messages over the temple visit had fanned communal tension and she had violated service rules.

The activist said that she will challenge the HC verdict in the Supreme Court. She said that she was hopeful to get a favourable judgement from the apex court.

The activist claimed that court verdicts are influenced by public opinion and that the phenomenon must change. “I hope to get a favourable judgment from the court. Law cannot always be favourable to a section of people. It is the same for everyone,” she added.

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