Supreme Court Lifts Kerala High Court's "Complete Gag Order" On Activist


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Supreme Court Lifts Kerala High Court’s “Complete Gag Order” On Activist

Kerala activist Rehana Fathima was granted bail in a 2018 case over “sexually implicit” materials (File)

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court docket on Tuesday lifted a Kerala Excessive Court docket order that restricted activist Rehana Fathima – accused of “sick motivation” in utilizing the time period “Gomatha” to seek advice from a beef-based meals merchandise – from posting or publishing her views in both social media, print or digital media.

Nevertheless, the highest court docket retained the second a part of the Excessive Court docket order and mentioned Ms Fathima couldn’t publish content material on social media or in print that will harm spiritual emotions.

Now Ms Fathima can publish on social media and air her views on TV or in print, however can not publish or air such messages which can harm spiritual sentiments.

Referring to the Excessive Court docket’s order, a high court docket bench headed by Justice RF Nariman at the moment mentioned: “It’s a full gag order.”

Earlier, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves (representing Ms Fathima) prayed for the setting apart of the order, which had been imposed after the court docket felt she had violated bail circumstances – to not harm the emotions of any spiritual group – imposed in a previous case.

In November final 12 months the Kerala Excessive Court docket issued a blanket ban after Ms Fathima uploaded a video from a cookery present wherein she used the time period “Gomatha” to seek advice from a beef-based dish.

The court docket had mentioned: “there can’t be any dispute the time period… is usually understood with regards to the holy, or sacred cow… use of the time period ‘Gomatha’ as a synonym for meat… is prima facie more likely to wound the spiritual emotions of these believers.”


“Alternative of the phrase ‘Gomatha’ prima facie seems to be ill-motivated… importing of such a extremely objectionable video could have an effect on the basic proper of devotees,” the court docket added.

Ms Fathima had been granted bail in a 2018 case wherein she was accused of exposing herself in “sexually implicit postures” and posting “derogatory material” on Hindu deity Lord Ayyappa.

The petitioner who had moved the Kerala Excessive Court docket final 12 months to cancel Ms Fathima’s bail had argued she used the time period “Gomatha” deliberately and to harm spiritual sentiments of Hindus who contemplate cows sacred.

Justice Sunil Thomas of the Excessive Court docket had accepted that rivalry and imposed the above restrictions on Rehana Fathima until the top of the trial referring to the 2018 case.

Ms Fathima has denied the allegations and has submitted to the Excessive Court docket that cow slaughter was not banned in Kerala and the consumption of beef was additionally not prohibited.

With enter from ANI