Today Bidar court granted bail to Shaheen School headmistress Fareeda Begum and Mazbunnisa, the mother of a student. They were in Bidar district prison since January 30th since their arrest.
On February 11, BT Venkatesh, a senior lawyer in Bengaluru, filed a petition on behalf of the accused.
On January 20, the play was played by children as part of extracurricular activities against the CAA at the school. The complaint was lodged because there was a conversation about someone hitting the slippers if they heard the record.
The police then arrested the head of the school, Farida Begum, and the mother of the school’s child, Naijubunnisha, for the past 15 days.
On January 21, students of the primary section of Shaheen School had staged a play that allegedly had anti-CAA dialogues.
A man, named Nilesh Rakshyal, filed a complaint with police stating the play was disrespectful towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi and could disturb peace in society. He said the play could a wrong message about the government and its policies and decisions.
Local cadres of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) then staged a protest outside the school and submitted a memorandum to the state home minister seeking action against the institute’s authorities.
Soon after, the principal and student’s mother were arrested and children who took part in the play were repeatedly questioned. Reports of police excesses in the interrogation of the students for over five days have led to massive criticism against the state’s handling of the case.
The interrogation of minors multiple times without any adult supervision was widely criticized. After many human rights groups raised concerns and child rights group intervened, the police stopped the interrogation process.