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January 25, 2018: When Padmaavat release triggered a spiral of violence

A boy walks with his bicycle past a Haryana Roadways bus that was torched that was torched by a suspected mob protesting against the release of “Padmaavat” at Sohna Road near Gurugram on January 24, 2018.  

The film Padmaavat finally released on January 25 amid an unprecedented spiral of violence in at least four northern States. There was tight security at malls screening the film. On January 24, a bus carrying schoolchildren in the Haryana township of Gurugram was attacked by a group led by members of the Karni Sena, which has been protesting against the release claiming it hurts Rajput honour. The Central Board of Film Certification cleared public viewing earlier this month changing the film’s name from Padmavati to Padmaavat after the 16th century eponymous epic poem.

People walk around the charred remains of parked motorcycles, burned during protests against “Padmaavat”, late on January 23, 2017 at the Himalaya Mall in Ahmedabad.

People walk around the charred remains of parked motorcycles, burned during protests against “Padmaavat”, late on January 23, 2017 at the Himalaya Mall in Ahmedabad.   | Photo Credit: AFP

Gujarat and Rajasthan banned the film despite the CBFC clearance, citing the possibility of violence. The Supreme Court weighed in, lifting the ban and saying the States were responsible for maintaining law and order.

 

 

 


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