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Rajput women marches with swords warning to end life if ‘Padmaavat’ is not banned!

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Days before the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial ‘Padmaavat’ the protests are taking a crucial turn in the nation. Now, Rajput women have raised their voices in the most violent way possible and it is quite intimidating for the makers.
In Rajasthan, close to 200 Rajput women marched with swords in Chittorgarh, protesting a ban on ‘Padmaavat’. They marched for a Swabhimaan (self-respect) rally in the town and threatened to self-immolation if the movie is released. “They gave us the memorandum seeking a countrywide ban on the film,” a leading daily reported as quoted by Suresh Kumar Khatik, sub-divisional officer of Chittorgarh.
Under the banners of Jauhar Kshatrani Manch, Shri Rajput Karni Sena and Jauhar Smriti Sansthan, the women gave memorandums addressed to the President, Prime Minister, Rajasthan Governor and Chief Minister.
It is also being reported that the Rajasthan government will file for a review petition today against the verdict of the apex court which had earlier announced to reject any pleas against ‘Padmaavat’. Karni Sena has, in fact, banned Sanjay Leela Bhansali and censor board Chief Prasoon Joshi to enter Rajasthan.
Soon after Supreme Court’s orders to lift the ban on ‘Padmaavat’ across India, the Rajput Sabha held a press conference and said that their decision to stick to the ban is firm. “We respect the Supreme Court order but we feel it’s one-sided. We will file a petition in court and also meet the President with our version on the matter,” Hemendra Kumari, working committee member of Rajput Sabha said. Just a few days ago reports stated that if the film is released then some 1,800 women of Rajasthan would commit jauhar in Chittor. Talking about the same, Ramwati Kanwar of the Kshatriya Mahila Sangh said: “Why should those women commit jauhar? It is Bhansali who will have to commit jauhar. Hum Bhansali ki chita jalayenge.”
Starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, ‘Padmaavat’ is said to release on January 25th.

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