Supreme Court dismisses Kerala activist Rehana Fathima’s anticipatory bail plea

South India

The apex court said that she may be an activist but this kind of thing is unthinkable

In a major setback for Kerala’s controversial activist Rehna Fathima, the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed her anticipatory bail petition in cases against her.

Fathima moved the apex court seeking bail against the case of allegedly circulating a video in which she allowed her minor children to paint on her was semi-nude body and the court said that it is a little baffled at the kind of case that has come up before it.

The Supreme Court observed as to what kind of impression the children will get about the culture of this country through such videos, reported The New Indian Express.

A bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B R Gavai and Krishna Murari said these kinds acts are unimaginable and would leave the society in a bad taste, the report said.

Though her counsel said that a woman, who is a mother too, asked children to paint on her half nude body.

To this, the Bench said, "What kind of matters are coming? It's little baffling. It said that she may be an activist but this kind of thing is unthinkable.”

What is the impression this will give to the children about the culture of this country, the court observed.

The court dismissed the bail plea of Fathima.

Last month, the Kerala High Court had dismissed her anticipatory bail saying that it could not agree with the petitioner on the method of imparting sex education to her children this way.

She justified her act and had submitted that so far as children were concerned, sex education was necessary and made aware of the body and its parts as well enabling them to view it as a different medium altogether rather than seeing it as a sexual tool alone.

The high court had observed that the petitioner has got the freedom to teach her children according to her philosophy, "but, that should be within the four walls of her house and should not be forbidden by law".

The police had registered an offence against her after she allegedly asked her children, a boy and girl aged 14 and 8 respectively to paint on her semi-nude body. She shot its video too and it drew flak from different corners of the society.

She gained attention after Fathima made an attempt to enter Sabarimala hill shrine in the wake of the Supreme Court order allowing entry for all women barring their age in September 2018. She had to return following protests by Hindu activists and devotees.

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