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BSNL staffer who tried to enter Sabarimala terminated


Kochi: Rehana Fathima, who shot to 'fame' in October 2018 when she was forced to abandon her plan to pray at the Sabarimala temple, here on Thursday was terminated from the BSNL, on disciplinary grounds.

Fathima herself informed this through a Facebook post where she also said she would seek legal recourse.

On October 19, 2018, she along with another lady, accompanied by a top police official and 100 policemen, tried to go up to the temple, but had to abandon it following massive protests.

After it was found that she was a BSNL employee hailing from Kochi, angry BJP and RSS activists staged a protest in front of her house.

For the past 18 months, she was under suspension. After the police filed a case, her services were terminated. BSNL also had conducted an internal probe on the allegation that her messages had fanned communal tension and she had violated service rules. 

The Sabarimala temple doesn't allow entry to girls and women, aged 10-50 years and the issue is pending before the Constitutional bench of the apex court.

(With IANS input)

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