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Rajput women threaten 'mass suicide' if Padmaavat releases

Jaipur: Rajput women in Rajasthan have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking that either the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial magnum opus Padmaavat be stalled or they be “allowed to commit suicide.”

Earlier, the women had threatened to commit 'jauhar' (self-immolation), but in a fresh letter, they have dropped the threat of carrying out self-immolations and claimed that as many as 16,000 women be allowed to commit suicide.

According to reports, Nirmala Rathore, joint secretary Shatrani Manch, has said that they do not want to break the law which is why they have dropped the self-immolation bid and the call to commit 'jauhar,' and will instead be “carrying out their freedom of expression” by seeking the PM’s permission to commit suicide.

The Chittorgarh police are not concerned about the new claim by the Rajput women; they believe these are hollow threats.

The Karni Sena on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking a ban on the release of Padmaavat, which is slated for a January 25 release. The Supreme Court on January 18 had lifted the ban on the movie paving the way for a nation-wide release.

The governments of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, too, have moved the Supreme Court seeking a modification of the apex court's previous order. The states claimed that section 6 of the Cinematograph Act empowers them to stop the exhibition of any controversial movie on the grounds of possible violation of law and order.

Violent protests have broken out across three states against the release of Padmaavat. Members of the Rajput community in Gujarat resorted to damaging buses and setting them on fire.

Protests were held at some places in Gandhinagar, Kheda Banaskantha and Surat by members of the Rajput community, with agitating groups setting on fire a GRTC bus on the Ahmedabad- Kheda highway this afternoon.

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