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Sabarimala Row: Activist Rehana Fathima, who attempted to enter Ayyappa temple, arrested for 'hurting religious sentiments'

The activist was booked following a complaint by Radhakrishna Menon who alleged that Fathima's Facebook posts hurted religious sentiments. Fathima was later arrested from office in Palarivattom in Kochi.  

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New Delhi Published on: November 27, 2018 16:25 IST
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Activist Rehana Fathima, who attempted to enter Ayyappa temple

Police on Tuesday arrested activist Rehana Fathima, who had attempted to enter the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala last month, for allegedly hurting religious sentiments through her Facebook posts. 

The activist was booked following a complaint by Radhakrishna Menon who alleged that Fathima's Facebook posts hurted religious sentiments. Fathima was later arrested from office in Palarivattom in Kochi.

Police booked the activist, a BSNL employee, under Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code -- deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs.

It was in October when Fathima attempted to enter the Sabarimala temple when it opened for monthly puja after the Supreme Court order allowing entry of women in the age group of 10-50.

Fathima had moved he high court seeking anticipatory bail, but it was rejected.

Dismissing the plea, the court had directed that police can take appropriate steps in the case.

Fathima, who was also part of 'Kiss of Love' movement in Kochi in 2014 against alleged moral policing, was among the two women who had reached the hilltop on October 19, but had to return before reaching the sanctum sanctorum due to massive protests by Ayyappa devotees.

Fathima and Hyderabad-based journalist Kavitha were taken to the hills with heavy police protection.

Some young women who tried to enter the temple were targeted by devotees when the temple was opened for six days on October 17 for the first time after the apex court order.

On September 28, the Supreme court had lifted the centuries-old ban on the entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine, but a section of devotees is protesting the decision.

(With PTI inputs)

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