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Sharmila Tagores resignation demanded

Hyderabad (UNI): The All India Christian Joint Action Committee today demanded the resignation of Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Chairperson Sharmila Tagore for hurting the sentiments of Christians in the country by reportedly giving a clean chit to the controversial film The Da Vinci Code. Speaking to newspersons here, Committee National President (Women's Wing) K Radha Mathews said India was a secular country where every religion was treated equally. The film challenged the ''holiness'' of Jesus Christ. ''Jesus preached that if a man looks at a woman with lustful eyes, he has committed adultery. How could such a divine personality marry his disciple Mary Magdalene?'' she questioned.

Ms Mathews claimed the controversial film contained blasphemous scenes, which hurt the sentiments of Indian Christians. She alleged that recently, CBFC banned noted film maker Rakesh Sharma's award winning film 'Final Solution' on the ground that it promoted communal disharmony among people even before anybody sought curbs on its screening. Even Pakistan, which had a small Christian population, had banned the film. Committee National President A P Dass said they were organising relay hunger strike at Indira Park on July 12, demanding a ban on the film.

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