Apex Court Stays Kerala HC Ban on Rehana Fathima from Sharing Views On Media

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Rehana Fathima SC Stays Kerala HC Ban: The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed a Kerala High Court ban order on activist Rehana Fathima. She is now not restricted from posting, publishing or transmitting any information or views on any medium of the media.

As per reports, in November last year, the High Court had issued the order. Apex Court has now stayed Kerala HC Ban on Rehana Fathima and she can now freely share her views on social media.  The complaint allegedly she hurt religious sentiments by posting a cooking video captioned “Gomatha Ularthu” and repeatedly referred to beef as “gomatha” (mother cow) while narrating the recipe. A bench headed by Justice Rohinton Nariman was hearing the SLP. 

Rehana Fathima SC Stays Kerala HC Ban

Earlier a  single-judge Bench of Justice Sunil Thomas at the High Court had ruled that her act violated the bail condition imposed on her by the High Court in 2018 in another case relating to the publication of derogatory materials about Lord Ayyappa of Sabarimala, reported Bar and Bench.

Fathima was earlier directed by the court that she should not “directly, indirectly or through any other person publish, transmit, share, upload or disseminate or publish any material or any of her comments through any visual and electronic media, open to public,” this condition will continue.

Earlier in August last year, Fathima made headlines after uploading her semi-nude video, allowing her minor children to paint on her body. She was arrested under sections of the POCSO Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences). She had surrendered before the Ernakulam police following the rejection of her anticipatory bail plea by a Supreme Court bench. 

She shared a video that depicted her children painting on her semi-nude body. The video, which featured her two minor children – a 14-year-old-boy and an eight-year-old girl – went viral on all social media platforms. It resulted in a nationwide social media outrage. After the video was found by the Cyber Dome of Kochi Police, a case was registered against the activist in June. Rehana Fathima SC Stays Kerala HC Ban

A former BSNL employee, Fathima, though unsuccessful, tried to enter the Sabarimala Temple sanctum in 2018.

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