Woman activist Rehana Fathima arrested for hurting religious sentiment

Two women forced to return from Sabarimala temple
Sabarimala: Police escort one of the two women to Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, Kerala on Oct 19, 2018. The two women, Kavitha and Rehna Fathima, made it almost 500 metres short of the sanctum sanctorum of the temple before being forced back by a wall of male devotees and priests who blocked their way. (Photo: IANS)

Kerala, Nov 27: Woman activist Rehana Fathima, who had tried to enter the Sabarimala Temple, has been arrested on Tuesday by the Pathanamthitta Police.

The police held Fathima on charges of allegedly hurting religious sentiment through a Facebook post.

Fathima was taken into custody at around 1 pm from BSNL office, Palarivattom, Kochi.

The 31-year-old BSNL engineer was unsuccessful in her bid to enter the Lord Ayyappa shrine after the head priest of the temple threatened to lock the temple door if she entered it.

She faces charges under Sec 153 (A) of IPC. Her anticipatory bail application was rejected by the Kerala high court.

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