Karni Sena withdraws protest against Padmaavat, says it glorifies Rajput valour

On Friday, February 2, Shri Rajput Karni Sena announced to withdraw its protests against the much controversial Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmaavat’, claiming that the movie only glorifies the valour and pride of Rajputs.

Yogendra Singh Katar, Karni Sena’s Mumbai leader stated that under the directions of Sukhdev Singh Gogamdi, national President of the organisation, several members watched the movie in Mumbai and realized that the movie in real only seems to glorify the pride and sacrifice of the Rajputs and that every Rajput should watch the movie, only to feel proud.

In a letter, he said that the movie does not contain any objectionable scenes between ruler Alauddin Khilji and Rani Padmini which could possibly hurt the sentiments of Rajput. He declared that the Karni Sena withdraws their protest and will in fact help the administration release the movie in the remaining states, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and across all cinema theatres in India.

The movie had released across theatres in India on 25 of January amidst tight protection from various fringe groups including the Karni Sena.

Sources: Scroll, Economic Times

Padmaavat vandalism: Contempt petition filed in SC against four states

The Supreme Court (SC) has agreed to hear on Monday, January 29, a contempt plea against Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh for failing to contain mobs protesting against the release of controversial film ‘Padmaavat’.

The plea was filed by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla after the SC on Tuesday, January 23, rejected the final attempt by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to ban the film amid protests by Rajput groups. A separate plea also seeks action against the Rajput Karni Sena for violating the apex court orders by carrying out violent protests in many states.

In the interim, the Delhi High Court declined to engage another supplication against the release of the movie and guided the petitioner to approach the Supreme Court. “Every new request of will be taken up on Monday,” a seat including Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said.

Protesters led by the Karni Sena have blocked roads, burned buses and toll booths and even vandalized theatres over the past few months. On Wednesday, January 24, a school bus in Haryana’s Gurugram was attacked by Karni Sena supporters over the release of ‘Padmaavat’.

The video of scared children crouching in the school bus targeted by hooligans protesting the Sanjay Leela Bhansali movie prompted nationwide outrage. Earlier, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana had banned the film, despite the censor board’s go-ahead earlier this month.

Sources: Outlook, Republic