Chittor: Kshatriya women threaten to commit jauhar if Padmaavat release is not stalled

A still from the film. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 15, 2018, 09.00 AM (IST)

There is no end to all the controversy around Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat. Even as filmmakers have got a CBFC clearance to release the film after 5 modifications and a change in the title, protests across the country continue to grow demanding a ban on the film. 

Rajasthan and Gujarat have banned the film in their respective states. Now female members of Kshatriya community in Chittorgarh on Saturday threatened to perform "jauhar" (self-immolation) if the screening of the film is not stopped by the government.

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

Spokesperson of Rajput Karni Sena, Virendra Singh told a news agency that they intend to block national highways and railway tracks across Chittorgarh on January 17th. 

Singh also stated that a representative board will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 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 January 24 -- the day when the queen 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 January 25 and 26, but in the wake of Republic Day celebrations, the protest was rescheduled to January 17, Virendra Singh added.

(With agency inputs)