Protestors Demand Removal Of Scenes From PK
Protests over Aamir Khan-starrer PK are increasing in Uttar Pradesh. Protestors alleged that the scenes in the movie are hurting religious sentiments. They are demanding the removal of controversial scenes from the film to ensure communal harmony. According to demonstrators PK is an anti-Hindu movie.
PK has already become a huge hit and some Hindu groups such as Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal are protesting against the movie. The all India Muslim Personal Law board has recommended the Censor Board to remove the controversial scenes from the movie.
“It has come to notice that some scenes of film PK hurt religious sentiments. If it is so, it is not good. Freedom of Expression does not mean hurting someone’s sentiments. If there are such scenes, the Censor Board should remove them so that communal harmony is not disturbed,” Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahali said.
In Agra, the Bajrang Dal activists staged protest in front of the theatre. They disrupted the screening and tore up the poster. In Allahabad, the VHP activists demonstrated against the movie. Hindu Janjagriti Samiti, has asked for immediate ban on the movie for its “highly provocative content”, Hindu Front For Justice — a Lucknow-based group, has filed a PIL petition demanding a ban on the screening of PK and to cancel the certificate issued by the Censor Board for purposefully hurting religious sentiments. The petition will be heard on January 5.
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Sunday requested the people to boycott the film, claiming that it has hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus. “It seems that famous people have developed a habit of disrespecting the religion. Films criticizing other religions won’t ever be made, then why is such sensitivity never shown about Hinduism?” asked Mr. Ramdev in Mumbai.
According to Baba Ramdev, the minorities in India are united whereas the majority Hindus are not united hence such disrespect to Hinduism are happening in the country.
“The way atmosphere of the country and U.P. is vitiated; small matters are blown out of proportion… Issues like ‘love jihad’ and conversion are being raised. It is the need of the hour to take precautions while making films… If a movie had material that hurt religious sentiments, especially when it is acted by a Muslim (Aamir Khan) who plays a Hindu character, it could be taken otherwise,” the influential religious leader was quoted as saying.
However, most of the viewers are of opinion that the movie is not against any particular religion, but it is against the so called “Human Gods”.