Padmaavat Controversy

The women of Kshatriya Samaj have threatened to perform ‘Jauhar’ on Jan. 24 – the day when Queen Padmavati performed self-immolation – and at the same site if the release of the film “Padmaavat” is not stopped. (YouTube screenshot photo)

JAIPUR/CHITTORGARH—In a new twist to the ongoing controversy over release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's movie "Padmavati," female members of Kshatriya community in Chittorgarh have threatened to perform "Jauhar" (self-immolation) if the screening of the film is not stopped by the government.

In a Sarvasamaj meeting held in Chittaurgarh, the members decided to stage a phase-wise protest against the proposed release of film. The meeting was attended by around 500 people, out of which 100 females belonged to high-profile families of the city.

Speaking to IANS, spokesperson of Rajput Karni Sena Virendra Singh said on Jan. 17, national highways and railway tracks across Chittorgarh would be blocked.

The film, already cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) after five modifications and renamed from "Padmavati" to "Padmaavat," is scheduled to release on Jan. 25 across India. The Rajasthan government has, however, decided against releasing it in the state.

On Jan. 14, a delegation of the Sena will meet Rajnath Singh, who is scheduled to visit Udaipur, requesting him to stop the screening of the movie across India.

According to Virendra Singh, a representative board will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Jan. 16, who is scheduled to visit Pachpadra village in Barmer district for laying the foundation stone for a refinery project.

"A request will be made to him as well to stop the screening of the film," he said.

"But, if despite all these measures the film is released, the women of Kshatriya Samaj will perform Jauhar on Jan. 24 – the day when Queen Padmavati performed Jauhar – and at the same site," said Virendra Singh.

Chittaurgarh Jauhar Smriti Sansthan general secretary Bhanwar Singh said that preparations were also being made to close the gates of the historical Chittorgarh fort once again.

Earlier, the Sena had planned a protest on Jan. 25 and 26, but in the wake of Republic Day celebrations, the protest was rescheduled to Jan. 17, Singh added.

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