It has never happened that an India vs Pakistan game takes place without off-field controversies, be it before or after the game. The recent match between the arch-rivals at the T20 World Cup was no different and it rather gave rise to some more objectionable elements as this was Pakistan's first-ever victory over India in World Cup.
In a latest controversy, a teacher named Nafisa Atari from Rajasthan's Udaipur has been expelled from her post for putting a WhatsApp status celebrating the victory of Pakistan over India on past Sunday (October 24). Notably, the teacher had shared an image of Pakistani players on her WhatsApp status with the text, "Jeet gaye... we won." Seeing the status, one of the parents asked her if she supported Pakistan, to which she gave an affirmative answer.
School expels the teacher for her act
After the screenshots of Nafisa Atari's WhatsApp status went viral on social media, the school removed the teacher from her post. “Yes, we have taken a decision to terminate the teacher,” said Neerja Modi School Udaipur chairman Mahendra Sojatia as quoted by PTI. Notably, the decision was taken after a meeting of the Sojatia Charitable Trust, which runs the school.
However, the teacher posted a video later apologising for her act. “Someone messaged me and asked whether ‘you support Pakistan’. As the message had emojis and it was environment of fun, I replied 'Yes’. But, it doesn’t mean anywhere that I support Pakistan. I am an Indian and I love India. I love India as much as everyone else does," Nafisa Atari said in the video.
“As soon as I realised that I have made a mistake, I deleted the status message. I am sorry if I have hurt anybody’s sentiments,” she added.
Meanwhile, a case has been registered against the teacher at the Amba Mata Police Station under Indian Penal Code section 153 (provocation with intent to cause riot).
Talking about the game, Pakistan defeated India by 10 wickets as Babar Azam (68 off 52) and Mohammad Rizwan (79 off 55) stitched an unbeaten 152-run stand for the opening wicket to make mockery of India's total in their T20 World Cup opener.