Body Art: Activist Rehana Fathima surrenders in Kerala’s Ernakulam | Kochi News – Times of India

Rehana Fathima

KOCHI: Activist Rehana Fathima surrendered before Ernakulam Town South police on Saturday afternoon in a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act case. She surrendered after Supreme Court denied her bail the other day.
The case relates to the activist letting her pre-teen son paint on her nude upper torso and sharing a video of the same on YouTube.
Rehana, who advocates gender equality and the desexualisation of the female body had said that she had always tried to impart the right kind of sex education to his son.
“I think he should grow up knowing about his mother’s body, what it is and what it is not. Instead of getting information about women’s bodies from temple sculptures and pornography, it’s better that he learns about womanhood from his mother. What I am saying is that all nudity need not be tied to sex. I believe that I would be able to make my son understand that,” Rehana had told TOI in a exclusive interview soon after the video became a controversy.
Rehana had approached the high court earlier seeking anticipatory bail which was denied forcing her to approach the SC in vain. South Police said that her arrest would be recorded and she would be presented before a magistrate soon.
South police had searched the residence of Rehana at Panampilly nagar BSNL quarters after registering a case based on a cyberdome report about the video circulating on social media in June. Police had seized a mobile phone, laptop and equipment used for painting from the house.
The case was registered under relevant sections of the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual offences) Act and the Information Technology Act.
Police said that further investigation is on. Earlier, Thiruvalla police too had registered a case against Rehana on the same issue after a complaint was filed at the station regarding the video.

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