Activist Rehana Fathima Surrenders before Police in POCSO Case

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Activist Rehana Fathima, who is an accused in a case related to a video of her children painting on her semi-nude body, surrendered before the Police on Saturday after the Apex Court rejected her Anticipatory Bail application in the matter.

She surrendered at Ernakulam South Police Station this evening.

On Friday, the Apex Court dismissed the bail plea filed by Fathima, challenging the order of the Kerala HC, which had also refused to grant Anticipatory Bail to her in the matter.

Recently, the High Court of Kerala had refused to grant pre-arrest bail to her & observed that the video amounted to an obscene representation of children for the purposes of “sexual gratification” & attract offences under Section 13 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) & Section 67B of Information Technology Act (IT Act).

Thiruvalla Police had registered a case against Fathima over the video based on a complaint filed by Advocate AV Arun Prakash. The non-bailable offences slapped against her also include charges under the Juvenile Justice Act.

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Rehana Fathima, who shot to fame for her attempt to enter Sabarimala Temple, posted the video titled ‘Body & Politics’ in which she allowed her minor son & daughter to paint on her body as she lies half-naked on the bed.

Fathima had shared the video on her Facebook feed & her YouTube channel which was circulated widely & was seen by thousands of people.  

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