Chennai Spy

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Tamil Nadu bans "Da Vinci Code"

The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday banned the screening of Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Da Vinci Code’ on the grounds that the film could hurt the religious sentiments of the Christian community and even disturb peace in the state.

A late evening statement from the state’s home secretary said the government took “cognisance of the various reports and complaints received from the minority communities, particularly the Christian community” regarding the proposed screening of the film. “The screening of the movie may hurt the religious feelings and sentiments of the Christian community. The screening of the movie may also lead to demonstrations and disturb peace and tranquility within the state,” it said.

Keeping this in view the government had directed the district collectors and the police commissioner in Greater Chennai to “study the situation closely” and to take action under the Cinematograph Act “for suspending the screening of the movie,” the official release said.

Tamil Nadu is the second state after Punjab to have banned the Code from hitting the screen.


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