The Hush Post: “We will perform jauhar” which is a medieval term and it means burn one selves to preserve ones honour. This is the new threat to the government and Censor Board by the women members of Kshatriya community in Chittorgarh on Saturday if Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmavat, is released.
The news which first broke out on News 18, is widely in circulation but the speculation now is, has the administration made arrangements to stall such a violent protest, whereby, women members have alleged they will self-immolate. Also, experts say, self-immolation is a crime under Section 309 of the IPC and such a statement could invoke anticipatory arrests of the people who are making such statements on behalf of women.
In a Sarvasamaj meeting held in Chittaurgarh, the members said they will stage a phase-wise protest against the proposed release of film. The meeting was attended by around 500 people, out of which 100 women belonged to high-profile families of the city.
According to the news agency IANS, spokesperson of Rajput Karni Sena, Virendra Singh, national highways and railway tracks across Chittorgarh would be blocked on January 17.
The movie which has already been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) after modifications and after it being renamed from Padmavati to Padmavat, is all set to be released on January 25 across the country. The Rajasthan government has, however, decided against releasing it.
On Sunday, a delegation of the Sena will meet Rajnath Singh, and they will request him to stop the screening of the movie across India.
They will also try and meet the 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 so as to impress him to stop the screening of the movie.
If despite all these measures the film is released, the women of Kshatriya Samaj will perform jauhar on January 24.