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J'khand may not screen The Da Vinci Code

Cinema halls in Jharkhand may not screen The Da Vinci Code amid fears that screening the controversial movie might spark tensions.

india Updated: Jun 21, 2006 11:52 IST

Cinema halls in Jharkhand may not screen The Da Vinci Code amid fears that screening the controversial movie might spark tensions.

"I have decided not to screen it. It is risky as chances of vandalism are high in Ranchi considering the sizable population of Christians," a cinema hall owner said.

Of Jharkhand's total population of 26.9 million, more than one million are Christian (2001 Census).

"One can never predict the mood of the public. They can go violent any time. It is a BJP-ruled state. If Christians protest, the issue can be exploited by Hindutva groups."

Although Christian groups have not protested against the film, they say it is potentially provocative and denigrates Christian faith.

CR Prabhu, vice-chairperson of the All Churches Committee, said, "We will not issue any decree on the screening of the film. But we cannot say anything about the spontaneous outcry of the faithful."

Cardinal Telesphore P Toppo had earlier said, "It is up to the state government to decide on the screening. But it is provocative and hurts the sentiments of our community."

Authorities in some states have already banned the movie although the Supreme Court had earlier in June rejected the plea for a ban. Since the film carried a disclaimer making it clear that it was a work of fiction, screening the film did not violate anyone's rights, the court said.