'Spreading obscenity': SC to Rehana Fathima over semi-nude video

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an anticipatory bail plea filed by Rehana Fathima, whose release of a video in June of her minor children painting on her semi-nude body sparked controversy.

Arguing that it was an act of 'spreading obscenity', a top court bench led by Justice Arun Mishra said: "Why do you do all this? You might be an activist (but) what kind of nonsense is this? It is obscenity you are spreading. It will leave a very bad taste in society".

"What impression will growing children get from this act?" Justice Mishra asked.

The activist, who made headlines for an attempt to enter Sabrimala temple in September 2018 (after the Supreme Court allowed women from traditionally-barred age groups of 10-50 to enter), approached the court after the Kerala High Court denied her anticipatory bail.

She contended that case against her violated fundamental rights to life, liberty and dignity.