Activist Rehana Fathima Who Attempted Sabarimala Trek Arrested


Activist Rehana Fathima was arrested on Tuesday by the Pathanamthitta police on the charges of hurting religious sentiments with a Facebook post, over a month after she was forced to abort her attempt to enter the Sabarimala temple in the face of violent protests.

Fathima was arrested from her house in Kochi and is currently being taken to the Pathanamthitta town police station for questioning.

A case was registered against her for putting up “communally divisive” social media posts on October 22, three days after her failed attempt to enter Sabarimala.

She had posted a photo of herself on her Facebook page on September 30, dressed as an Ayyappa devotee wearing a rudraksha and sporting a patta, with the caption ‘Tatvamasi’. The case was registered following a complaint filed by the Sabarimala Samrakshana Samithi alleging that her posts hurt religious sentiments of Ayyappa devottees.

She has been booked 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).