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Rehana Fathima: the Women’s rights activist who is no new to facing controversy

Rehana Fathima has again hit the screens for a controversial issue this time. She allowed her children to paint over her semi-nude body and posted the video of it on her social media platforms

The 33-year-old Rehana Fathima is not new to controversies. The women’s rights activist has again hit the screens for a controversial issue this time. She allowed her children to paint over her semi-nude body and posted the video of it on her social media platforms.

The activist two days ago, had posted a video of her two young children, a boy and a girl, painting on her semi-nude body. Ever since then, the internet has not stopped backlashing her. The video was uploaded on YouTube and also shared it on her personal Facebook account. The video instantly triggered and pissed off a lot of netizens. People slammed her for subjecting her children to such acts and then also having posted the video on different platforms.

The activist is Kochi based and in her defence, she said that her children had only painted because she was lying down due to an eye infection. In a note, with the video, along with a hashtag ~BodyArtandPolitics, she wrote “No child who has seen his own mother’s nakedness and body can abuse the female body. Therefore, vaccines against false perceptions about women’s body and sexuality should be initiated from home.”

The Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights directed the police to register a case against the activist under various sections of the POSCO Act. FIRs have also been registered against her at the Thiruvalla and Ernakulam Town South Police stations under relevant charges of the IT Act and Juvenile Justice Act.

Efforts are on from the officers of Ernakulam South station to trace her. The police, however, has confiscated her mobile and laptop.

In October 2018, Fathima grabbed the attention of the national media when she climbed the Sabarimala hill. This was however against the order of the Supreme court, on the entry of women to the temple. Fathima was however turned back after a mob of right-wing activists prohibited her further trail.