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Actress and political activist Sadaf Jafar is finally released from prison

Sadaf Jafar, part of Mira Nair's upcoming television series A Suitable Boy, was arrested while doing a Facebook Live coverage of the anti-CAA protest in Lucknow on 19 December 2019.

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Congress activist and actress Sadaf Jafar was finally released today from Lucknow jail after she was granted bail on Saturday 4 January.

Sadaf Jafar was arrested on 19 December 2019 while she was part of the anti-CAA anti-NRC protest in Lucknow and was covering it on Facebook Live.

Ever since Parliament passed the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act in December and Union home minister Amit Shah threatened to implement the National Register of Citizenship across the country, protests have broken out in various parts of India.

Sadaf is one of the members of the cast of director Mira Nair’s upcoming television series A Suitable Boy. Nair had condemned her arrest on Twitter saying, “This is our India now — appalling: our Suitable Boy actress, Sadaf Jafar, beaten and jailed for peaceful protest in Lucknow! Join me in demanding her release.”

Sadaf’s family members and fellow Congress activists had claimed that she was repeatedly beaten up by the police in the lockup and the jail. A few members of the film fraternity also slammed the authorities for arresting her, director Hansal Mehta and actor Vijay Varma among them.

After her arrest, Sadaf was repeatedly denied bail by Lucknow’s chief judicial magistrate on the grounds that she had been arrested for serious offences like voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from doing his duty (section 332 of the Indian Penal Code), assault or use of criminal force to deter a public servant from the discharge of his duty (section 353), rioting (section 147) and criminal conspiracy (section 120-B).