Rehana Fathima put behind bars

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Kochi: Pathanamthitta police on Tuesday arrested activist Rehana Fathima, who made a bid in useless for Ayyappa darshan, for allegedly posting communally divisive statements on social media.

Around 1 pm, a police workforce led by Pathanamthitta circle inspector G. Sunil Kumar arrested her from the BSNL workplace, Palarivattom, the place she was working.


The cops summoned her outdoors the workplace and took into custody, then later took her to Pathanamthitta for additional proceedings.

Earlier, the Pathanam-thitta police registered a case towards Ms Fathima, who tried to trek to Sabarimala in police gear, following a criticism lodged by P. Padmakumar, secretary, Sabarimala Samrakshana Samithi, with the Patha-namthitta district police chief on October 21.

Police stated that she could be produced earlier than the courtroom on Wednesday after finishing the procedures.

The BSNL authorities suspended Ms Fathima following the arrest. “She has been suspended with immediate effect, pending inquiry,” a senior official with the BSNL stated.

On September 30, she had posted an image on Facebook dressed as an Ayyappa devotee carrying black. The case was registered towards her below part 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, supposed to outrage spiritual emotions of any class by insulting its faith or spiritual beliefs) of IPC, following the complainants that it had harm their spiritual sentiments.

On October 19, she tried to succeed in the hilltop shrine however did not enter the Sannidhanam as a result of protests.

After the incident, she confronted extreme criticism and acquired transferred from BSNL’s Kochi Boat Jetty department.

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