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Kerala HC grants bail to activist Rehana held for ‘controversial’ Sabarimala post

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Activist Rehana Fathima, who courted controversy by making an attempt to trek it to Sabarimala in Kerala under police protection in October and posted on Facebook a picture of hers in traditional Sabarimala pilgrim’s dress, was granted bail Kerala Court on Friday.

The court also restrained her from entering the police limits of Pamba, the camp from where pilgrims trek it to the Sabarimala shrine.
The court was of the view that she need be kept in judicial custody and so favoured granting her bail.

She had also been warned against posting anything on social media which would hurt religious sentiments.
Earlier, the High Court rejected Rehana’s anticipatory bail plea, following which she was arrested from her BSNL office in Kochi on November 27 and remanded in judicial custody in Pathanamthitta. The magistrate court there rejected her bail application after which she moved the High Court.

Rehana attempted to make it to Sabarimala along with a Hyderabad-based journalist Kavitha during the ‘thulamasa’ puja in October.

A group of activists recently planned an agitation for her release claiming that charges made against her were by right wing demanding her release as the arrest was, they part of accusations made by right wing groups.

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