Former model Rehana Fathima who has been one of the most vocal voices in favor of women’s entry inside the Sabarimala shrine, was recently jailed after being found guilty in a financial fraud case. She was also made to pay a fine of whopping Rs 2.1 lakh.
Fathima appeared before a Alappuzha court on 4th February to pay the fine amount and serve her sentence. A financer named Anil Kumar had filed case against her.
Kumar had loaned Rs 2 lakh to Fathima in 2014. The cheque produced by Fathima towards the repayment of the loan reportedly bounced, prompting Kumar to complain against her.
This was not the first occasion when Fathima had been behind the bars. Earlier she was arrested for trying to forcefully enter the Sabarimala shrine. Cases were booked against her under Indian penal code (IPC) section 295(a) which pertains to deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings for trying to enter Sabarimala.
Fathima also faced expulsion from the Muslim community at the hands of the Kerala Muslim Jama’ath Council for “hurting sentiments of lakhs of Hindu devotees” by attempting to enter the shrine.