Rajput Karni Sena, Forget Your Queens, Focus on Your Women

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Rajput Karni Sena, Forget Your Queens, Focus on Your Women

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efore it set its eyes on slapping Sanjay Leela Bhansali and doing everything that they can to ensure that Padmavati does not see the light of day, the fringe outfit, Shri Rajput Karni Sena that was founded in 2006, mobilised itself to object to Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodhaa Akbar. Back in 2008, it called for a ban on the film in Rajasthan. Nine years later, their ambition for bans has become bigger – they now want Bharat Bandh on December 1, the day of Padmavati’s scheduled release.

But their ambition is not the problem. Their idea of women is. The outfit has now threatened to maim Deepika Padukone, the leading actress of the film by chopping off her nose. In a self-made video, Mahipal Singh Makrana, a Rajput Karni Sena member, proudly announced,“Rajputs never raise a hand on women, but if need be, we will do to Deepika what Laxman did to Surpanakha.” Not wanting to be left out of the violence toward women brigade, Sena chief Lokendra Singh Kalvi has addressed Padukone as “naachnewali”, and slammed her for “dancing with fewer clothes and insulting Indian women”.

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