Nafisa Atari, the teacher whose social media post allegedly celebrating Pakistan’s win against India in the recent T20 match, was Wednesday arrested in Udaipur, Rajasthan, as per reports. This comes following the termination of her services from Neerja Modi School where she was employed.
After Pakistan secured a victory against India in the T20 cricket game in Dubai on October 24, Atari reportedly shared a WhatsApp status writing, “We wonnnn.” Read here. Reports suggest when someone on her contact list asked her whether she really supported Pakistan, she replied in the affirmative.
Her post soon went viral and the school she worked at said they were removing her from her teaching post. Police in Udaipur said an FIR under section 153 B of the Indian Penal Code (relating to national integration) was registered.
On October 27, Ambamata Police arrested her and produced her before a court, India Today reports.
Here’s Why Nafisa Atari Is In The Spotlight
Since Pakistan’s win on Sunday, authorities in India have come down heavily on persons accused of supporting the neighbouring team. According to reports, students of two institutes in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir are facing police action under the harsh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) for allegedly raising “pro-Pakistan” slogans after the match.
Similarly, three collegegoers in Agra were expelled from their institute and slapped with an FIR over some WhatsApp messages “against the country.”
Atari, meanwhile, was the subject of much outrage on social media after her WhatsApp post began doing rounds. In a video statement, Atari later said, “We were watching the match and had divided both teams at home. And we were supporting our teams. This, in any way, does not mean that I am supporting Pakistan…”
She apologised, saying she deleted her post after realising her “mistake.” ANI reports members of the right-wing student organisation Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) visited Atari’s school and hoisted the national flag following the controversy.