Mira Nair on 22nd December tweeted to demand the release of Sadaf Jafar, actress of her A Suitable Boy, who had been beaten and jailed for peacefully protesting in Lucknow against the new citizenship law on 19th. Sadaf had participated in the protests at Parivartan Chowk in Lucknow. Educationist Amrita Dass, who has been associated with Sadaf for over a decade, expressed shock at her arrest.
On 21st, various social and women’s groups submitted a memorandum to the principal secretary (home) and the DGP, seeking release of all those “detained illegally” during the protests on 19th. Sadaf is mentioned as one of those picked up.