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No Sins, say Catholics

February 23, 2005 17:56 IST

Members of the Catholic community in Mumbai staged a protest on Wednesday against director Vinod Pande's Sins, a movie that allegedly depicts the sexual escapades of a priest.

About 100 members of the community gathered in suburban Vakola and burnt an effigy of Pande. Before setting fire to it, the protestors paraded the effigy on a donkey.

"The so-called fictional sexual escapades of a Catholic priest shown in the film are bound to hurt the sentiments of the Christian community. There appears to be a fine dividing line between pornography, truth and fiction," said Nicholas Almeida, who led the protest march.

The Catholic Secular Forum, a representative group of the community, has threatened to stage demonstrations at all theatres if the film, which is slated for release on February 25, is not banned.

CSF general secretary Joseph Dias said the film "depicts the illicit sexual relations of a Keralite Catholic priest with a woman, portraying both the clergy and the Church in bad light."

The CSF is also exploring the possibility of approaching court through a public interest litigation.

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