Gangubai Kathiawadi: MLA, Kamathipura residents moves Bombay HC against the use of area name as red light hub

The Member of Legislative Assembly, Ameen Patel and Kamathipura residents have moved to Bombay High Court against use of the area name as red light hub in the movie Gangubai Kathiawadi.

The petitioner Shraddha Surve, a resident of Kamathipura where a number of brothels operated in the past, was mentioned before a division bench of Justices Gautam Patel and Madhav Jamdar seeking urgent hearing as the movie is slated for release on February 25.

The bench of Justice G.S.Patel has said it would hear the petition on Wednesday.

“All cannons of fairness, equity, and justice have been breached and violated,” the petition alleged.

“If the movie is allowed to be released with the name Kamathipura, then it would cause harm and disrespect to the residents, especially women,” the petition said.

There should be no reference to the name ‘Kamathipura’. “Let the name be changed to anything else…Mayapuri or Mayanagari,” the plea said.

The plea urged that the area’s reputation has been lowered after the release of the film’s trailer, since the movie makes wild allegations that are derogatory in nature and portray the entire area as a red-light hub.

The plea stated that the social impact the movie will cause is that all girl residents will be termed prostitutes, teased and taunted, and families will have to live with lowered dignity.

The PIL said the Patel received objections from various quarters, including local social service organisations and the daughter of the film’s protagonist, against the portrayal of the neighbourhood and Gangubhai as a prostitute and alleged ‘mafia queen’.

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