High Court rejects Rehana Fathima’s anticipatory bail

Kochi: The Kerala high court has rejected the anticipatory bail plea of activist Rehana Fathima who tried to enter Sabarimala during the Thulam month. The bail was rejected for spreading religious hatred. At the same time, 6 people, who were arrested in relation to Sabarimala protests, were granted bail.

Pathanamthitta police had charged a non-bailable offence against Rehana Fathima for insulting religious beliefs and for putting up social media posts that are allegedly communally divisive in nature. The court had sought the stand of the government in the issue.

Though Rehana Fathima had tried to have darshan at the Sabarimala Temple on October 19, she had to return due to intense protest from the devotees. She was taken till ‘nadapathal’ amidst tight security. Following this, her residence at the BSNL quarters in Panampilly Nagar was attacked.

Rehana had posted photos on Facebook before visiting Sabarimala. Several people had critisized that the posts had spread religious hatred.

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