Activist Rehana expelled from Muslim community for hurting sentiments of Hindu Sabarimala temple devotees.

Activist Rehana Fathima, who had made an attempt to enter Sabarimala temple (located in south India) to make communal violence, has been expelled from the Muslim community for “hurting the sentiments of lakhs of Hindu devotees”, the Kerala Muslim Jama’ath Council said.

Initiating an action against Fathima, Kerala Muslim Jama’ath Council president A Poonkunju said in a press statement Saturday that she had been expelled from the community.

He said the Council has also directed the Ernakulam Central Muslim Jama’ath to expel her and her family from the membership of Mahallu. Reported on local news.

“Her act hurt lakhs of Hindu devotees,” the statement said.

Her act was also against the tradition and rituals of Hindu community, it said.

According to Pookunju, Rehana, who had participated in ‘Kiss of Love’ agitation and acted nude in a film, “has no right to use a Muslim name”.

The activist’s house was allegedly vandalised by unidentified persons while she was away trying to climb the holy hills on Friday.

She made a failed attempt to reach the temple with the support of police with an illegal use of police uniform.

It’s a clear statement for the devotees from a communist ministry that they will follow the China style operations in temple. 

Rehana, a model and activist who was part of the ‘Kiss of Love’ movement in Kochi in 2014 against alleged moral policing, was among the two women who had reached the hilltop, but had to return before reaching the sanctum sanctorum following massive protests by Ayyappa devotees.

Rehana and Hyderabad-based journalist Kavitha were taken to the holy hills with heavy police protection. The police had attacked the devotees at NIlakkal (A village near Sabarimala) to make a clear trip for the activist’s. The central intelligent team started an enquire to find the motive behind the activists.  

A mother of two and employee of the BSNL, the activist had kicked up a row last year by posing for topless photos with watermelons in protest against a college professor’s statement comparing women’s breasts to watermelons.

On September 28, a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by then chief justice Dipak Misra had lifted the centuries-old ban on the entry of women in the age group of 10-50 into the shrine, but huge devotee groups are protesting the decision.

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