Kerala govt to move SC opposing Rehana Fathima's anticipatory bail plea
New Delhi: Kerala government will file a petition at the Supreme Court opposing the anticipatory bail plea filed by activist Rehana Fathima in connection with the case over a controversial video with children. The Supreme Court may consider Rehana Fathima’s anticipatory bail plea next week. The government wants the court to listen to their argument before pronouncing the verdict.
A case was registered against Rehana Fathima as per Section 13,14, and 15 of POCSO Act, 67B (D) of IT Act and Section 75 of Juvenile Justice Act.
The government will inform the court that she has to be interrogated in police custody. Police officers investigating the case are of the opinion that interrogation is necessary to understand whether the act of making chidren paint on her naked body was sexually motivated.
State government had earlier stated in the High Court that a mother should not make her children commit these kinds of acts even if it was in the name of freedom of expression and art. The government had also asked the High Court to consider Rehana Fathima’s earlier actions as well.
Rehana Fathima stated in her plea that she should be granted anticipatory bail considering her full cooperation with the investigation. She also stated that there are sculptures and mural paintings of goddesses with exposed breasts in certain Kerala temples. However, those who visit these temples for worship feel only devotion towards it.
As someone who tried to enter Sabarimala temple based on the Supreme Court verdict, Rehana’s case has garnered a lot of national attention. It is in this context that government decided to file a counter petition.