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'What kind of nonsense is this?', Supreme Court to woman over semi-nude video

Saturday, August 8, 2020 • Tamil Comments

The Supreme Court dismissed Kerala activist Rehana Fathima's plea seeking anticipatory bail on Friday in the case related to the objectionable video she had posted over a month ago, where she let her minor children paint over her semi-nude body.

In her plea, Rehana Fathima reportedly stated that she had "intended to normalise the female form for her children and not allow distorted ideas of sexualisation to pervade their minds." Speaking about the kind of impression such 'obscene' videos would leave on the children of the country, three-member bench led by Justice Arun Mishra asked, "Why do you do all this? You might be an activist (but) what kind of nonsense is this? It is obscenity you are spreading. It will leave a very bad taste in society. What impression will growing children get from this act?" The activist had further argued that the case registered against her violated her fundamental rights to life, liberty and dignity. "Goddesses in Kerala are frequently depicted in idols and murals with bare breasts. When one prays at the temple the feeling is not of sexual arousal but one of divinity. (Does) female nudity (even when not visible) per se constitutes obscenity? (Can) children painting on their mother's body can be concluded to be "sexual gratification" and "child abuse" under these stringent laws?," she had added in her plea.

Based on a complaint filed by a local BJP leader, Rehana Fathima was booked under sections 13, 14, and 15 of the POCSO Act, section 67B(d) of the Information Technology (IT) Act, and section 75 of the Juvenile Justice Act at the Ernakulam Town police station.

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