Activist Rehana Fathima climbs down from Sabarimala, but this was another bid to break the glass ceiling
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Activist Rehana Fathima climbs down from Sabarimala, but this was another bid to break the glass ceiling

10 news, 29

Unfazed by the mounting protests against the Supreme Court judgement allowing entry of all women to the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, Kerala women’s rights activist Rehana Fathima, and Hyderabad journalist Kavitha Jakkal, decked up with body armour and helmets for protection from possible attack, went for the trek on the third day of the temple’s opening after the historic order. While an army of agitating protesters blocked their entry just 500 meters away from the shrine — coming face-to-face with the policemen guarding the two women — kilometres away, in Eranakulam, protesters vandalised Fathima’s home.

But Rehana Fathima is no stranger to controversies or standing up to them. She broke into the headlines in March this year when, in protest against comments from a professor in Kozhikode who said women should cover their watermelon-like-breasts, she posted pictures of herself with watermelons covering her breasts. Hours after sharing the pictures, they were taken down by Facebook after a flurry of trolls and threats.

In 2014, she participated in the Kiss of Love campaign in Kerala against moral policing. Her partner, filmmaker Manoj K Sreedhar, had shared a clip of the kiss on Facebook. She was the only woman in the Ayyanthol PuliKali team, a traditional Onam tiger dance usually done by all-male troupes. She had then told Manorama she had always wanted to “perform in a spa...

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