Victory To People:“Ocean of Tears” Screened, Despite Hindutwa Hooliganism
14 February, 2014
The screening of the documentary film “Ocean of Tears” by Bilal A. Jan went ahead as scheduled in the face violent effort by Hindutwa fascist elements to prevent the screening in VIBGYOR documentary film festival being held in Thrissur, Kerala. . Some fascist elements barged into the venue and damaged the office of VIBGYOR. They tried to man handle viewers present. But people resolutely resisted the fascist forces. Saddest part is that police allowed the miscreants to go scot-free. None of them were arrested, nor any cases charged against them.
Yesterday morning, a local leader of the BJP served notice to the organizers not to go ahead with the screening. The organizers sought police protection as they deemed it as a violation of the fundamental right to free expression and creative freedom.
The film details atrocities against Kashmiri women by the security forces and militants, with testimony from victims of molestation, widows of the deceased and disappeared, and dependants of missing persons. Jan says the film was made “to create awareness among the public about the humanrights violations against Kashmiri women.”
The film was produced by Public Service Broadcasting Trust and is also U certified by the Censor Board of India on August 3, 2012. The film has a controversial history, blocked from screening at Kashmir University and Aligharh Muslim University.
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