An anti-CAA play enacted by the students of Shaheen School of Karnataka’s Bidar has invited sedition charges against the school as well as the management of the education group that runs it. This happened after a complaint was lodged claiming that the play tarnished the image of PM Modi.
After Neelesh Rakshyal, a local social activist filed a complaint against the school, the management and the institution were booked under IPC sections 124A and 504. As of now, no arrests have been made in the matter.
As per the school authorities, the play was enacted by a group of class 4 students and was aimed towards portraying the “present situation in the country”. The authorities went on to accuse the police of harassing the teachers, students and their parents.
As alleged by the complaint, “The play…was posted on social media with the intention of promoting enmity between communities. The director and management of the Shaheen School have committed an act that is anti-national in nature by using the students.”
The complainant alleged that the students of Shaheen school were made to stage a play that tried to deliver a false message. He claimed that the play tried to convey the message that Muslims will have to leave India if the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) and NRC (National Register of Citizens) are implemented.
Rakshyal claims to have seen the video on a social media platform and blamed the school authorities for using their students as a means of promoting “anti-national” activities. He also accused the school of tarnishing the image of PM Modi by hitting a picture of him in the video and showing its disagreement towards the CAA.
The complaint also stated that the video was posted on 21st January by Mohammed Yousuf Raheem, a journalist in Bidar, on his Facebook account.
The school run by Shaheen Group of Institutions, which is a well established Muslim education group, landed in trouble when it was charged with sedition on 26th January. A case has been registered against the journalist who shared the video on his Facebook account as well as on the school’s management and head.
L Sreedhara, SP Bidar said, “We have registered a case and are investigating. A play was enacted in the school where the CAA was projected in a bad light and was shown as forcing Muslims to leave the country. Constitutional authorities were also abused. The play was live-streamed on Facebook by some persons. There are no arrests.”
A similar case was registered last month when the management of Shree Rama School was booked for promoting enmity between communities by the means of a play depicting the demolition of Babri Masjid. The school’s president, Prabhakar Bhat Kalladka, who is an RSS leader, was also booked in this matter.