Thiruvananthapuram: On November 16, the Kerala high court rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Rehana Fathima, who tried to enter Sabarimala temple creating trouble in October.

According to reports, the high court directed the Kerala Police to take necessary action against Fathima, while six others, who were arrested with respect to the protests in October, were granted bail.

Fathima moved the Kerala high court on October 30 seeking anticipatory bail, after Pathanamthitta police filed a case against her on October 22 for putting up posts on social media that were allegedly communally divisive. According to First Post's report, a case had been registered under IPC section 295A (intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs and deliberate, malicious acts).

According to TOI, the case was registered against Fathima after a complaint was filed by Sabarimala Samtakshana Samithi alleging that some Facebook posts of Fathima hurt religious sentiments.

After her attempt to enter the shrine on October 19, the Kerala Muslim Jama'ath Council had also expelled Fathima from the Muslim community for "hurting sentiments of lakhs of Hindu devotees".

According to reports, the activist's house in Panampilly Nagar was allegedly vandalised by unidentified people in October while she was away trying to climb the Sabarimala hill.

Rehana Fathima was among the two women, who had reached the hilltop in an attempt to enter the Sabarimala shrine, but was aborted due to massive protests by Ayyappa devotees.