(Image courtesy: Twitter)

On Wednesday, actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar said he will be hitting the streets to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 as he believes that the time to express outrage on social media alone is over. The actor took to Twitter to announce that he will be partaking in a protest to be held on Thursday at August Kranti Maidan here. “See you on the 19th at August Kranti Maidan, Mumbai. The time to protest on social media alone is over,” Farhan said.

The actor also shared an image that sought to explain the aftermath of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the National Register of Citizen (NRC).

The Parliament had passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 last week and it became an act after receiving assent from President Ram Nath Kovind.

According to the amended act, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who had come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, and were facing religious persecution, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

Farhan’s response came three days after Delhi Police took action against the students of Jamia Millia Islamia University on Sunday. The police entered the campus after a protest against the Act by the students turned violent.

After Farhan’s tweet, Senior IPS officer Sandeep Mittal accused Farhan of breaking the law.

Sharing an explainer video of Section 121 of the Indian Penal Code, Mittal tweeted: “You also need to know that you’ve committed an Offence u/s 121 of Indian Penal Code & it is not unintentional. @MumbaiPolice & @NIA_India are you listening. Please think of the Nation that is giving you everything in your Life. Understand the Law.”

According to section 121 whoever wages war against the Government of India, or attempts to do so, shall be punished with death or life imprisonment.


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