Dia Mirza

Dia Mirza has questioned the safety of women in India referring to the death threats received by “Padmavati” actress Deepika Padukone over allegations that the film distorts history. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI—As protests against "Padmavati" gather steam all across India, former beauty queen and actress Dia Mirza has questioned the safety of women in the country.

"People who make violent threats against one of our women to serve a misplaced idea of honour and pride on national television walk freely. What kind of country have we become? How can we ever hope to make our women feel safe if this the way we continue to treat women?" Mirza tweeted on Nov. 25.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's historical drama "Padmavati" narrates the story of Rajput queen Padmavati, played by Deepika Padukone.

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader had announced a reward of Rs 10 crore for beheading the film's director Bhansali and Padukone, to protest the movie's release over fears that it distorts Rajput history.

The movie was scheduled to release on Dec. 1 but has been deferred as the filmmakers are yet to secure a censor certificate.

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