The Allahabad High Court yesterday issued a contempt notice to Central Board of Film Certification Chairperson Prasoon Joshi in connection with a petition against Padmavaat. The petitioner had filed a Public Interest Litigation in November 2017, seeking a ban on the film for allegedly promoting Sati - the practice of a widow immolating herself in her husband's funeral pyre.
Meanwhile Karni Sena protesters in Udaipur, Chittorgarh and Kota blocked roads saying they will continue with their protests. Reports suggest local police had to divert traffic.
Padmaavati ran into controversy over its storyline revolving around Rajput Queen Padmini, who, according to legend, preferred to die to protect her honour rather than surrender to Delhi's Sultan Alauddin Khilji, who was said to be obsessed with her beauty. The film had been given the go-ahead by the Central Board of Film Certification, which had asked the makers to change the title from Padmavati to Padmaavat and suggested some other modifications.
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