New Delhi: After 14 days in custody, two women — a school head mistress and a student’s mother who were charged with sedition in connection with a play against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register Citizens (NRC), were granted bail on Friday.
In the anti-CAA, NRC play, the students of Class IV, V and VI had allegedly abused PM Narendra Modi, following which Fareeda Begum, 50, the head mistress of the Shaheen Group of Institutions school and Nazbunnisa, 36, a parent of one of the students were arrested by police on January 30. The police acted on a complaint from Neleesh Rakshyal.
Six children who acted in the play were below 10 years of age, and rehearsed the play for 10 days. Police had alleged that the mother was arrested as had taught the child to introduce words that were not in the script. The school had also claimed said that the hate-provoking utterances against the Prime Minister were not a part of the original script.
As the play went viral across social media platforms, social worker Neelesh Rakshyal filed a complaint where he alleged that the school authorities ‘used’ students to perform a drama where they “abused” PM Modi over CAA and NRC. He charged that the management tried to create ‘fear’ among the Muslim community with false proclamations.
Managed by the Allama Iqbal Educational Society, the Shaheen Group of Institutions runs a string of institutes from kindergarten to undergraduation.