The Kerala high Court on Tuesday lambasted self styled activist Rehana Fathima and barred her from using social media after she referred to a beef dish as “gomatha (mother cow),” in a cooking video. A single bench of Justice Sunil Thomas observed that using the term “Gomatha” in reference to beef was likely to hurt the sentiments of Hindus, who worship cows as a deity.
“There cannot be any dispute that the term “Gomatha” as is commonly understood is with reference to the holy or sacred cow. Scriptures quoted by the complainant show that, since the Vedic period, the cow is revered as holy as deities, in India,” the judge said.
Fathima has been booked under Section 153 of the Indian Penal Code and is barred from using social media until the end of the trial.
“If it is so believed by several lakhs Hindus throughout the country, definitely, the use of the term Gomatha as a synonym for meat used in a cookery show, prima facie is – likely to wound the religious feelings of those believers,” the Kerala HC noted.
The bench also observed that no other material was on record to show that ‘Gomatha’ is used synonymously for meat anywhere in India.
“Choice of the word ‘Gomatha Ularth’ prima facie appear to be ill-motivated and purposefully made and that uploading of such a highly objectionable video for public viewing may affect the Fundamental Right of the devotees,” the Court held.
It may be noted that Fathima is the same woman who had desecrated the sanctity of Sabarimala shrine by forcing her way through without permission and against wishes of the community.