Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra has reportedly been removed as the face of Haryana's "Beti Bachao Beti Padhao" campaign. The reason, it is widely believed, is her tweeting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). On December 17, the actress had tweeted: "If this is what's gonna happen everytime a citizen expresses their view, forget #CAB, we should pass a bill and not call our country a democracy anymore! Beating up innocent human beings for speaking their mind? BARBARIC."
According to a report in indiatimes.com, Parineeti, who was the Haryana government's brand ambassador for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign, has been removed from the position. However, there are no information confirming the news yet.
The CAA, passed in the winter session of Parliament, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to refugees from Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Parsi and Christian communities who have arrived from neighbouring countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.
Parineeti is not the first actor who has been ousted from work recently. Actor Sushant Singh was removed from the reality TV crime series "Savdhaan India", which he was hosting on the channel Star Bharat. This happened earlier this week, a day after Sushant participated in a recent anti-CAA protest rally in Mumbai. Sushant had tweeted: "And, my stint with Savdhaan India has ended." A Twitter user asked him: "The price you pay for speaking the truth?"
To his, Sushant replied: "A very small price my friend. Otherwise how will you face Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru?"
Actor Sushant Singh says the nationwide anti-CAA students' protests, which started at Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia University in the past weekend, have "reignited" his faith in democracy. He added that issues of importance should be reconsidered when the youth raise their voice against them. "I had lost faith in the system even before the government of 2014, because no government has given the youth the basic amenities such as education and healthcare. I felt as a society we are dead and we don't raise our voice. Rather, we try to survive as victims in the system. But so many students coming out on the road and protesting against the system for a larger good is certainly (a sign of) something positive. It reignites faith in democracy and shows that as a society we are not dead," said the actor.
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