Sena burns posters at Gwalior as protests against ‘Girlfriend’ continue
16th June 2004
By ApunKaChoice Bureau
While 'moral policing' against screening of Karan Razdan 's film Girlfriend - which tackles the subject of lesbianism - continued unabated, posters of the 'controversial' movie were torn and burnt today at Gwalior.
A report from the citadel town said that Shiv Sainiks, led by district unit chief Narendra Singh Tomar, staged a demonstration in front of the Yadav cinema hall and even prevented viewers from watching the film.
The agitators 'warned' the theatre management that it must either halt screening of 'Girlfriend' or be prepared to face the consequences. There was no report of the hall officials alerting police.
Buckling under pressure, two theatres in the state capital have stopped screening the movie. Similarly, parleys between the district administration and theatre management resulted in cancellation of shows at Jabalpur.
''The decision was taken with a view to maintaining peace.
However, those elements who try to take the law into their hands will not be spared,'' said Collector Rajnikant Gupta.
Gupta added that a meeting of cinema hall officials would soon be convened for deliberating on the screening of those films, which allegedly cast a bad influence on society.