‘Padmaavat’ Bandwagon continues: Producers move to Supreme Court

As Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film ‘Padmavaat’ is set to release, the movie still faces ban in Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and  Rajasthan. The producers today moved the matter to the  Supreme Court (SC) challenging the ban on its screening by these states. 

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra agreed to hear the petition on Janurary 18.

The film producer has mentioned in his petition, of the film undergoing many changes including its title to meet all suggestions of the Censor Board. 

The producer questioned the power of the State government on imposing a complete ban on the film in spite of the SC clarifying that screening of a film can only be suspended in an area if the law and order of the situation in that area is disturbed.

The film faced stiff opposition from many BJP leaders in Haryana. Both Anil Vij and Vipul Goel had urged Information and broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani to ban the film in November.

Haryana announced its ban on Padmaavat yesterday. The Haryana cabinet headed by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar approved proposals of the same and Minister Anil Vij tweeted “Film Padmavati/Padmaavat banned in Haryana,” yesterday.

Source: TOI, HT

Son of Haryana BJP President granted bail in Chandigarh stalking case

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Vikas Barla (left) was granted bail for alleged stalking and attempted abduction of Varnika Kundu (right), daughter of a senior Haryana bureaucrat.

Chandigarh, January 11: On Thursday  The Punjab and Haryana High Court granted bail to  the son of Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party President Subhash Barala, Vikas Barala  for stalking and attempted abduction of the daughter of a senior Haryana bureaucrat-Varnika Kundu.

The victim’s counsel opined that the offence committed by Barala is of a serious nature, as he had chased the victim for around five kilometres. Opposing the bail plea, the counsel argued that the accused hailed form a well-connected political family and if released on bail, he may use this to his advantage to influence the trial of the case.

The incident, which took place on August 4, when Vikas, and his friend Ashish under the influence of liquor followed Varnika Kundu’s car and tried to stop her. Chandigarh police was called into action and the duo were booked under section 354 D (stalking) of the IPC and under the provisions of Motor Vehicle Act.

On August 9, Mr Barala and his friends were arrested again for Kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine a person along with the attempt to commit punishable offence under sections 365 and 511of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Justice Lisa Gill granted bail to Vikas on the grounds that he not would make any attempt to contact the victim or her family.

Source: ANI, The Times of India


‘Bahu Dilao, Vote Pao’


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It is common to hear about many materialistic things that are asked in exchange of votes all over the country. This one has to top the list though. In Haryana, the state with lowest sex ratio in the country, has set up informal ‘randa unions’. Their slogan is ‘bahu dilao, vote pao’.

Sex ratio in Harayana, currently, is 877 women per 1000 men. Gender imbalance which is mainly due to female foeticide  has become a major issue in the state. Keeping this in mind, the members of this union and elders have decided to raise the issue when the politicians come for poll meetings. The term, ‘Bahu dilao, vote pao’ is  coined by a union called Kunwara union which was formed in 2009. Pawan Kumar, union’s chairman said, “The government must not only attack female foeticide but also find jobs for young men in Haryana. Unemployment is also a factor for us not getting brides.” This is not the first time that the union is protesting. Earlier also they had held protests to demand for more brides.

A number of NGOs are involved in various regions of Harayana to protest against the lack in number of brides. According to Red Cross Society of Yamunanagar, Harayana has 150-200 unmarried youth in the age group of 25-29 years in each of its 7000 odd villages.