In response to a video that appeared to show a Marathi artiste performing a Lavani number in the grounds of Pune’s Lal Mahal, the home of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj during his formative years, police have filed a case against her and three other people, according to a police official on Saturday.
The dancer, Vaishnavi Patil, was forced to issue an apology after political parties, including the current ruling Nationalist Congress Party, denounced the video.
In response to a security guard’s complaint, police in the Faraskhana police station filed a criminal complaint against Patil on Friday night, according to an official.
Shivaji Maharaj, a revered Maratha warrior king, spent several years of his childhood in Lal Mahal, a red-colored building in the heart of Pune.
“A video of the Lavani dance performed by Vaishnavi Patil on Monday at the Lal Mahal was later posted on social media by those who were accompanying her. Security guards were on duty at the time and asked them not to dance or shoot on the monument’s grounds, as stated in his official complaint “a member of the department of police confirmed.
Additionally, the case was lodged against them in accordance with sections 295 (defiling places of worship with the intent to insult the religion of any class), as well as IPC 186 (voluntarily obstructing a public servant in the discharge of his public duties).
This folk dance from Maharashtra is famous for its sultry moves.
Indian minister and NCP leader Jitendra Awhad strongly condemned the shooting of the Lavani dance at Lal Mahal in Maharashtra.
Then he tweeted: “There are no dance videos to be made at the Lal Mahal of Shivaji Maharaj. There will be no repeat of this. Not upload them if anyone else has done so (filmed dance videos there).”
Prashant Jagtap, the city unit president of the NCP, has announced a protest for Saturday afternoon outside the Lal Mahal to denounce the video.
Similarly, the Pune branch of the hardline Maratha group Sambhaji Brigade issued a statement condemning the video.
Patil, the winner of a dance competition, apologized on Friday after her video sparked controversy.