Indians have a very short term memory and by now they might have forgotten who Rehana Fathima is. She is the same lady who tried to enter into the Sabarimala temple a couple of months ago. Now she is once again in the news and as usual for all the wrong reasons. Yes, Rehana Fathima has been convicted in the cheque fraud case and she had to pay a fine of Rs 2.1 lakh. Not just that, she had to even serve one-day in jail for this crime.
The complainant named Anil Kumar who is a financier in Alapuzha had given Rs 2 lakh as a loan to Rehana Fathima in the year 2014. The Week reported that “When she gave a cheque to repay the amount, it bounced, prompting Kumar to file a complaint against her. Fathima had been convicted by the CJM court in 2014, but she approached the Kerala High Court. The High Court, however, upheld Fathima’s conviction”.
This is not the first time Rehana Fathima was arrested. On 27th November, she was arrested by Pathanamthitta Police on charges of hurting religious sentiment through a Facebook post. The Pathanamthitta Police had filed a case against her communal post under IPC section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs)
Since centuries, women from restricted age group weren’t permitted to enter into the Sabarimala temple. What was shocking is that even though she belonged to other religion, Rehana Fathima wanted to enter into the Sabarimala temple. This had led to speculation that she is deliberately doing this act to hurt the Hindu sentiments.
Rehana Fathima had also taken part in the ‘Kiss of Love’ campaign in Kochi in 2014 along with her husband. This had triggered a massive controversy and the couple were even arrested on charges of running brothel houses and encouraging prostitution.
Now, will the media houses that praised Rehana Fathima months ago, condemn her?