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Indian states make last-ditch attempt to ban Padmaavat

Members of the Rajput community protest against the release of the upcoming Bollywood movie ‘Padmavat’ in Mumbai (Photo by: REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui)

By: Lauren Codling

Indian state governments made a last-ditch attempt on Monday (22) to ban a Bollywood film about a mythical Hindu queen which has sparked violent protests by radical groups. The Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments asked India’s top court to retract a ruling ordering states to show the film Padmaavat, which is due to hit screens on Thursday (25). The urgent petitions, which the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday, were lodged a day after Hindu extremists set fire to buses and blocked roads in Gujarat state. In Rajasthan state, women carrying swords marched in Chittorgarh against the movie. In Noida,…

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