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Demands to ban The Da Vinci Code in Kerela

Protests are brewing in some parts of Kerala over the screening of the controversial film, 'The Da Vinci Code.'

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 18:34 IST

Protests are brewing in some parts of Kerala over the screening of the controversial film, 'The Da Vinci Code.'

The film has not yet been released in Kottayam and Kozhikode but in other districts of the state, it is running to packed houses.

In the state capital, Thiruvanathapuram, where the film was released on June 2, a Christian organisation 'Spirit in Jesus' on Tuesday demanded a ban on the film, stating it was an "insult" to Christ.

The organisation submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan and State Cultural Minister MA Baby seeking a ban on the screening of the film. They also held a protest at the Martyrs column here in support of their demand.

Talking to reporters, Tom Sacaria, an evangelist, said they would intensify their agitation by holding an indefinite fast if their demand was not met.

He said the Chief Minister had assured them that the government would look into their complaint.

According to a Thrissur report, the film is expected to be screened at Kairali Sree, a cinema house owned by the state owned Kerala state Film Development Corporation next week, as some members of the Christian community have protested the film's screening.

In Thrissur, the state's cultural capital, a protest march was held on Monday demanding a ban on the film and the Kerala Catholic Youth Movement and Kerala Catholic Union are also taking out a march and holding a prayer meeting later this evening. More

In the name of freedom of expression, such works cannot be encouraged, he said.

The novel and the film have "wounded" the religious sentiments of the Christians, he said and urged authorities to initiate measures to ban the film.

In Kochi, on the first three days the film was released, all the four shows were full, Ramkumar, Manager, Sridhar theatre, where the film is being screened, said.

In the past too, Thrissur had witnessed protests against works of art which hurt the "faith" of the Christian community.

Week-long protests had been held against "Christuvinte Aaraam Thirumirivu" (The sixth Holy wound of Christ), a drama produced by PM Antony two decades ago. It was based on Nikos Kazantzakis work 'Last Temptation of Christ.'

In Kottayam and Kozhikode, the film is yet to be screened as the Mohan Lal starrer 'Vadukunathan' and Aamir Khan-Kajol blockbluster 'Fanaa'  were running to packed houses in the two cities respectively.