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Goddess Kaali poster : Filmmaker Manimekalai moves SC to quash multiple FIRs against her

New Delhi: Filmmaker Leena Manimekalai has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking protection and quashing of the multiple FIRs registered against her in various states over the poster of her documentary titled ‘Kaali’.

The Supreme Court will hear Leena’s petition on January 20.

The filmmaker, Leena, in her petition, filed before the Supreme Court said she has received many calls threatening her with death threats and of her beheading, rape and murder after she tweeted the poster of her film, Goddess Kaali.

Leena, in her petition, filed before the Supreme Court, therefore, has sought immediate and appropriate action against those who attacked her in cyber space with threats of murder, rape against her.

Seeking relief from the Supreme Court, Leena, in her petition, said there are multiple FIRS (First Information Report) registered against her in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand on the various complaints against the same poster.

She said the poster showed herself dressed as the goddess Kaali, smoking a cigarette and holding a pride flag.

Leena has sought for immediate stay of the proceedings in the cases and quashing of the FIRs registered against her for the offence.

Leena claimed in her petition that she has not the slightest intention to offend the religious sentiments of any person or anyone or any organisation. She said, she being a creative filmmaker, in her idea, artistic freedom and expression, tried to depict the image of a “radically inclusive goddess”.

“The multiple FIRs amount to harassment and infringement of her constitutionally guaranteed fundamental right to freedom of expression,” Leena said in her petition filed before the Supreme Court.