HC rejects anticipatory bail plea; Rehana Fathima to move SC
Kochi: Activist Rehana Fathima who was booked for non-bailable offences under Juvenile Justice Act and IT Act is gearing up to approach the Supreme Court after the Kerala High Court rejected her anticipatory bail plea. She was booked by police after a video was posted by her on social media in which her children are seen painting on her half-naked body.
Speaking to mathrubhumi.com, Rehana said that she expects a favourable verdict from the apex court. She also urged the state government to clarify its stance in the case.
“Most of the court verdicts today are considering the public opinion. This has to change. I hope to get a favourable judgment from the court. Law can’t always be favourable to a section of people. It’s same for everyone. It’s our responsibility to earn our rights,” she said.
Meanwhile, she also urged the state government to clear its stance.
“The government is now trying to save face anyhow. They are ready to sacrifice anyone and everyone for it. This has happened earlier too,” she added.
The state government had told High Court not to grant anticipatory bail to Rehana. It had said that people can’t engage in whatsoever activity, even if it’s with their own children, in the name of art. It had also asked the court to consider Rehana’s previous actions.
A case was registered against Rehana by Thiruvalla Police on the basis of a complaint filed by Advocate AV Arun Prakash.
Rehana had posted the video titled `Body and Politics`. Her minor son and daughter can be seen painting on her body as she lies half-naked on the bed. She shared the video on her Facebook feed and her YouTube channel which was circulated widely.