‘Padmavati’ controversy: Mob destroy school after students perform on ‘Ghoomar’ song

Madhya Pradesh, Jan16: A mob indulged in arson in a school to protest a dance performance by a schoolgirl on a Padmaavat movie song during its annual day celebrations, after which four accused were held, police said on Monday.

Around three-four hours after the ‘Ghoomar’ performance by the girl, a mob of 20-25 persons went to the Saint Paul School around 1.30 PM and began indulging in arson, while shouting slogans in favour of Sri Karni Sena, Jawra police station incharge M.P. Parihar said.

A group of 20 to 25 people went to the Saint Paul School and vandalised it while shouting slogans in favour of the Rajput Karni Sena, MP Parihar, the officer in charge of the Jawra police station, said. “The mob threw chairs, caused panic among the audience, disrupted the function and then fled the venue,” he told PTI.

Four persons were arrested while a manhunt has been launched for other suspects, police said.

Padmaavat has been embroiled in controversy since its inception, and now, after being certified by the CBFC, the movie is supposed to be released on 25 January. The makes of the movie put out a full page advertisement in leading newspapers clarifying the doubts surrounding the movie on Monday morning.

There were also a report by Navbharat Times which said that Deepika Padukone’s midriff will be covered in the song ‘Ghoomar’ before the film hits the theatres on 25 January. The song has been at the centre of national debate over the supposed “wrong, inaccurate” portrayal of the 13th century fabled Rajput queen Padmini of Chittorgarh.

The Rajput Karni Sena, members of the Rajputana royalty have come out in protest saying queens of their community never danced publicly. They reportedly were upset over the display of skin during the song, which they feel shows Rajput queens and Rajput customs in wrong light.

Padmaavat is slated for release on January 25.

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