You might be an activist but why do this? What kind of nonsense is this? SC asks Kerala activist Rahana Fathima

The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed a petition filed by Kerala activist Rehana Fathima seeking bail in relation to charges of child pornography and obscenity levelled against her. The court used severe language criticising the activist’s acts connected to the incident.

The Bench of Justices Arun Mishra, BR Gavai and Krishna Murari observed that the video uploaded by Fathima of her semi-nude body being painted on by her children was “clearly obscene” and “prima facie falls within child pornography.”

Unimpressed with the actions of the activist, Justice Mishra observed, “Why do you do all this? You might be an activist but why do this? What kind of nonsense is this? It is obscenity clearly which you are spreading. It will leave the society in a very bad taste.”

Senior Counsel Gopal Sankaranarayanan, representing Fathima, argued that the charges of child pornography against her are not made out, given the fact that the children in the video are fully clothed. However, the Court said that the offence is prima facie made out and proceeded to dismiss the plea.