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Sadaf Jafar beaten up and arrested for peaceful protest in Lucknow; Mira Nair demands release

Filmmaker Mira Nair appalled as her six-part series ‘ASuitableBoy’ actress Sadaf Jafar beaten up and arrested for peacefully protesting in Lucknow against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA 2019).

On December 19, 2019, the protesters in Lucknow took to the streets in revolt against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019. In attendance, were 200 protesters including ‘ASuitableBoy’ starlet Sadaf Jafar who was allegedly beaten up and arrested for peacefully protesting with the crowd. Sadaf Jafar is currently a part of Mira Nair’s ‘ASuitableBoy’ six-part series, a Congress worker and a social activist.

Sadaf Jafar was available on Facebook Live video when miscreants pelted stones at the local police at Lucknow’s Parivartan Chowk. Even her police arrest was recorded on her Facebook Live video. Following her arrest, filmmaker Mira Nair, her family and friends took to Twitter to share their concern with #WhereisSadaf to seek information about her whereabouts from the Lucknow Police.

According to Sadaf’s sisters Ramsha and Shabana, the actress has been allegedly beaten with baton on her legs and kicked in the belly which has caused her internal bleeding. Sister Ramsha has been working closely with lawyers group Rihai Manch that will be filing a bail plea. As per reports, the actress has been moved to Lucknow Jail.

Uttar Pradesh Police took to Twitter to announce that Sadaf was arrested as she was caught creating nuisance. Following her arrest, she was taken for medical examination. The police department said the allegations against them were ‘baseless’.

Directed by Mira Nair, ‘ASuitableBoy’ is based on Vikram Seth’s acclaimed bestselling novel of the same name alive on celluloid. ‘ASuitableBoy’ also stars Rasika Dugal, Shahana Goswami, Aamir Bashir, Namit Das, Gagan Dev Riar, Danesh Razvi, Mikhail Sen and Vivek Gomber in pivotal roles. The six-part series is being produced by Lookout Point for BBC One and screenplay by Andrew Davies.

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