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Doda: woman educator, who shared post calling ‘Bipin Rawat war criminal’, released on bail

A well-known woman educator from Jammu and Kashmir who was arrested for sharing a social media post that called India’s chief of defense staff General Bipin Rawat a war criminal after his death in a helicopter crash has been set free on bail.

Sabbah, an educator at the Haji Public School in Doda had allegedly shared a social media post on her Instagram, which went viral after General Rawat’s death. Many Indians had called for action against Haji.

As reported by Bar & Bench, Haji’s bail came in relation to Sections 107 and 108 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC). The two sections comprise action with respect to security for keeping peace and good behavior from persons disseminating seditious matters.

In her native village of Breswana in Doda, Sabbah worked at the Haji Public School, a not-for-profit institution that was established in 2009 by her family and she was central to its operations.

A well-known figure in Kashmiri educational circles, Sabbah was felicitated with the J&K State Award for Social Reforms and Empowerment in 2017.

As per the school website, Sabbah’s mother Tasneem has held the position as the principal since the school was founded in 2009. Following the controversy, there were also calls on social media for the school to be shut down.

The Haji School has distanced itself from Haji’s case, saying she acted in her individual capacity after her tenure with the school ended. “The Haji Public School management would like to clarify that a recent distasteful media post during the rounds has nothing to do with the school… Ms. Sabbah Haji is not associated with Haji Public School in any official capacity,” the statement from the school read.

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