Reacting to her termination, Fathima 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 BSNL probe found that her Facebook messages had fanned communal tension and she had violated service rules, her services were terminated.
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.