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Judges to watch Sacred Evil before the next hearing

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, June 16 (UNI) The Bombay High Court judges presiding over the 'Sacred Evil' case will watch the film before the next hearing on June 24.

A division bench comprising Justices F I Rebeillo and V K Tahilramani deferred the hearing for a week in response to the petition filed by the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) and Gerald Cohelo stating that the film hurt religious sentiments of the Christian community.

While deferring the hearing, the division bench was provided with a copy of the film as well as the book, Petitioner's Counsel Pradeep Hanvur told UNI adding, the judges would watch the film before the next hearing.

The court was also told that after the release of the Hindi film 'Khamoshi', guidelines had been issued to the Censor Board for Film Certification (CBFC) regarding films that were community sensitive, which had not been followed. The CBFC was supposed to, in case of religiously sensitive films, preview the film with representatives of that community before certification.

Earlier, Cohelo had submitted in his petition that the film was blashphemous and made a mockery of the basic tenets of Christianity.

Also, some scenes conveyed an impression that convents were places where evil resided. He also objected to a love song set inside a church and to certain reference to Jesus Christ in the film.

Claiming to be based on a true story from the case files of a real-life witch and written by Ipsita Roy Chakravarty, Sacred Evil is the story of three women separated by a twenty-year-old secret.

It's the story of a nun, a witch and a girl in search of her mother.


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