Rehana Fathima, the ‘activist’ known for being a vocal proponent of implementing the Supreme Court’s judgment on allowing women’s entry into the Sabarimala Temple, has been granted bail by the Kerala High Court today (14 December) after she was arrested for ‘hurting religious sentiments’ through her social media posts, reports The New Indian Express.
The bail is conditional on Fathima not making any further remarks or posts which could hurt religious feelings. The high court also directed her to not enter within the limits of the Pampa police station.
Previously, her bail application had been rejected by the Pathanamthitta Chief Judicial Magistrate Court on 4 December. Fathima, who has been under judicial custody since 27 November, had contended that continuing her detention was not necessary in the matter. She stated that the allegations against her did not detail the creation of communal disharmony or enmity.
The case against her stems from a photograph she had posted on Facebook where she could be seen dressed up in black clothes as a Lord Ayyappa devotee. Subsequently, police had filed an FIR against her under Section 295, which relates to ‘deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs’.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.