Activist Rehana Fathima Surrenders after Apex Court Dismisses Anticipatory Bail

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Kerala activist Rehana Fathima surrendered before the Kochi police on Saturday after the Supreme Court dismissed her anticipatory bail plea for cases related to her controversial semi-nude video.

Fathima was booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO Act), Information Technology Act, 2000 and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 after her video of allowing her minor children to paint her semi-nude body went viral in June. She surrendered before the South Police station under the Kochi Commissionerate and will be produced before the magistrate after the completion of formalities, the police said.

Dismissing her plea on Friday, the Supreme Court had said that the court is a little baffled at the kind of case that has come up before it. She had moved to the top court after the Kerala High Court dismissed her bail plea on 24 July. Defending her video, the activist had said that her intention was to “normalise the female form for her children and not allow distorted ideas of sexualisation to pervade their minds,” according to NDTV. Earlier in 2018, she had also made an attempt to enter Sabarimala but had to retreat after widespread protests.

The activist announced her decision to surrender with a Facebook post, “In the context of not getting anticipatory bail, will surrender before the investigating officer this evening. Will cooperate entirely with further investigations and legal proceedings. Love to everyone who supported the fight for social change, gender equality and against extreme sexualisation of a woman’s body. Let time prove that we were right.”

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