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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2790

Meghalaya banned screening of "Da Vinci Code"

By Raymond R Kharmujai – Asian Tribune

Shillong, 02 June, (Asiantribune.com): Meghalaya government has banned screening of the Hollywood blockbuster "Da Vinci Code" in this predominantly Christian state.

On Thursday, the multi-coalition government took this decision based on the report submitted by the seven District Magistrates of the State.

In their report submitted to the General Administrative Department Minister, HDR.Lyngdoh, the District Magistrates suggested the government not to screen Ron Howard film owing public opposition to screen the film in theatres.

The GAD Minister said, the ban includes the exhibition of the film in video parlor, by cable-operators and even private viewing.

Already, Cinema halls owner across the State too have decided not to screen the Hollywood blockbuster Da Vinci Code in Meghalaya due to the film controversial and the blasphemous nature of the story.

Several Church leaders including a Church NGOs, a Student organization and political party have opposed the screening of "Da Vinci Code" in the state saying that its "blasphemous". They say that "Dan Browns book as well as the film are utterly blasphemous and an insult to Christianity".

"We are against screening of the film Da Vinci Code, as the content is blasphemous", said the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic church, Rev. Dominic Jala and Senior Administrative Secretary KJP Assembly Rev (Dr) J F Jyrwa.

The Catholic Association of Khasi Jaintia Hills (CAKJH) and Garo Students’ Union (GSU) Khasi Hills Zone has demanded a ban on the screening of the Hollywood blockbuster. The Ron Howard movie was released world wide on May 17 at the Cannes Festival and in India on May 26.

The Meghalaya Democratic Party an ally of the ruling Congress led MDA government too have opposed the screening of the movie and suggested the government to ban it.

- Asian Tribune -

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