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Padmaavat protests: Women march through Chittor carrying swords, threaten jauhar

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, and Shahid Kapoor has been under fire from various fringe groups, ever the team began shooting. Fringe groups like the Shri Rajput Karni Sena are convinced that the film is a distortion of history and an insult to Rani Padmini of Chittor.

They've worked overtime to ensure a nationwide ban of the film. Initially, Padmaavat was banned in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Gujarat. However, the Supreme Court lfited the ban.

Yet, the chaos surrounding the film refuses to die.

Hundreds of women from the Sarva Samaj, did a 'Swabhiman Rally' against Padmaavat, in Rajasthan's Chittor today.

The women began their rally against the film from the Jauhar venue of the fort in Rajasthan's Chiittorgarh district.

They carried swords as a mark of protest and to protect their self-respect.

Hundreds of women from nearby areas, including Madhya Pradesh, joined them voicing their vociferous protests against the release of the film.

The rally, which went through various routes of Chittor, ended at Jauhar Bhavan.

Several women protesting against the film, have threatened to commit jauhar (self-immolation), a day prior to its scheduled date of release, that is, January 25.

Some of the women have also decided to write a letter to the Prime Minister.

They claimed that if their protests do not manage to stall the film's release, they will not hesitate to commit jauhar.

The Rajasthan Government had claimed that the Supreme Court order staying the ban imposed by several states, including Rajasthan, on the film, Padmaavat, will be studied.

Gulab Chand Kataria, the Rajasthan Home minister, while speaking to India Today, said, "The order given by the Supreme Court will be studied. The Supreme Court is above all. We will study its order."

Three crucial polls are to be held in Rajasthan this month, including for Lok Sabha constituencies of Ajmer and Alwar. In political circles, it is believed that the Rajasthan Government did not want to antagonize the Rajput community. Hence the ban had been imposed.

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