In a statement released on Saturday, Raje’s office said that she wrote a letter to Irani “urging her that the movie should not be released till necessary changes are made so that sentiments of any community are not hurt”. The movie is scheduled for release on December 1.
Jaipur’s Additional District Education Officer Deepak Shukla confirmed that government and private schools in Jaipur have been asked to “help” organisers of the fair by getting students to attend it, and said it was upon the directions of Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vasudev Devnani.
Khurshidan now has five daughters and four sons. “She is at home now and our parents, father Shahabuddin and mother Chandri, are taking care of her. But our parents are old and still shaken from the death,” said Ummar’s brother Shoukeen, 25.
State Congress chief Sachin Pilot said, “The state had the benefit of a BJP government here and at the Centre. It should have moved to include the law in Ninth Schedule of the Constitution (to make it immune to judicial scrutiny).”
The court asked how the police could assume that the woman’s conversion was legal, “just by way of an affidavit over a stamp paper of Rs 10”. “By this way, tomorrow, even I could address myself as Gopal Mohammad,” the court was quoted as saying.
A little over a month ago, a short video clip had gone viral on social media in the Hindu-majority Hindoli. The clip, shot entirely from overhead, showed an old man in a skull cap and white kurta-pyjama molesting a child.
Leela’s family claims this happened for the first time on May 10, making the girl perhaps the first case of the hair-chopping scare. Over the next three months, it spread to Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, leaving at least one woman (in Agra) and a cat (in Mewat) dead.
Sanwarlal Jat had fainted during a meeting of Rajasthan BJP MLAs and MPs with party chief Amit Shah in Jaipur on July 22 during latter’s three day visit to the state. He was rushed to hospital and had remained critical since then.