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Bombay High Court admits PIL seeking ban on film 'YA RAB'
Wednesday February 5, 2014 6:52 PM, ummid.com Staff Reporter

The Bombay High Court Wednesday admitted a Public Interest Litigation challenging the release of the film 'YA RAB'.

The matter is scheduled to be heard by a division bench consisting of Chief Justices Mohit Shah and Justice Sanklecha on February 6 ,Said Lawyer Mateen Shaikh

The petitioners, an NGO Jamiat Ulama e Maharashtra, have taken objection to the depiction of 'Madrassas as a source of terrorism' in the film.

According to the petition the scenes in the film show that Aalims (teachers) in the Madrassas are brainwashing students and preparing them for terrorist activities.

The petitioners have taken strong objection to this blatant, fictitious and wrongful depiction of the Madrassa.

"A Madrassa is a place where education is imparted to students and it also houses orphans. It is not a centre of any such anti-national activity. There are no incidents across the state where any terrorist or anti-national has been associated with a Madrassa. There are thousands of Madrassas across the state and the exhibition of such wrong facts on the big screen will create communal disharmony and general disturbance in the public," said Gulzar Azmi, the petitioner for Jamiat.

Advocates Afroz Ahmed Siddiqui, Advocate Mateen Shaikh and Advocate Ansar Tamboli have filed the petition before the High Court on behalf of the Jamiat however senior Adv Bukhari will appear tomorrow for argument .

Advocate Mateen Shaikh said, "The Censor Board had rejected the film and not issued it a certificate for exhibition. The producers then went to the review board and were rejected again. They then appealed to the Film Certificate Appellate Tribunal and were granted permission."

"We have requested that certain scenes and dialogues in the film that are highly objectionable be removed. We have no objection to the display of the film after the relevant cuts and modifications," said Mateen Shaikh.



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