Kerala HC passes restraints against Rehana Fathima for the use of "Gomatha" for beef preparation

24 nov 2020

Kerala HC passes restraints against Rehana Fathima for the use of "Gomatha" for beef preparation

A single-judge Bench of Justice Sunil Thomas of the Kerala High Court passed a restraint order against activist Rehana Fathima who uploaded a video of a cookery show and used the term "Gomatha" as a synonym for meat. The Court observed that repeated referring to beef as "Gomatha" is likely to hurt the religious feelings of Hindus who worship cow as God since the term "Gomatha," is commonly used for the holy or sacred cow.
In 2018, Fathima got in legal trouble for the publication of derogatory materials about Lord Ayyappa of Sabarimala. The Court, while granting her bail, had imposed a condition that she should in no way share or make comments which may affect the religious sentiments of any community.
The Court has ordered Fathima not to use any form of media to share material or comments and to report to the designated police station every Monday & Saturday between 9 am-10 am for three months.