A case has been registered against Jignesh Mevani after a school principal filed a complaint stating that a video that the Vadgam MLA shared on social media had damaged the reputation of the institution, Valsad police said Saturday.
On May 20, Mevani uploaded a forwarded video on Twitter, without checking its veracity, and even tagged the handle of the Prime Minister’s Office. The video shows a person in a room beating children with a foot ruler and kicking them. Mevani’s tweet read: “Barbarism of worst form…do not leave behind a single WhatsApp number or group and forward this video to all. He is a teacher of Valsad’s RMVM School. Share this so many times that both the teacher and school shut down. This is a message I received. @PMOIndia tell us what is this.”
Mevani deleted the tweet after some Twitter users said that the video was of a school in Egypt and not Gujarat.
In her complaint, RMVM School principal Bijal Patel said the MLA had damaged the reputation of the school and its teachers by posting the video without checking its veracity.
Mevani has been booked under IPC section 505 (2) (intent to incite any class or community of a person) and 500 (defamation).
Valsad SP Sunil Joshi said the school principal had told police that the video had created some differences between students and teachers. “We will call Jignesh Mevani to record his statement,” he said.
This is not the first time that the school has faced problems over the video. It has been doing the rounds of WhatsApp groups in the past two years, and the school authorities had complained as far as March 2017.
Principal Patel said, “The video had first circulated two years ago on various social media groups. We were shocked seeing the video, as it is not of our school and somebody is trying to defame our teachers and school.”
She said they had received calls from several people seeking to ascertain whether the video was of RMVM School. She added, “After the video went viral on WhatsApp groups, we contacted Valsad town police and lodged a complaint in March 2017. Till now no action has been taken by the police.”