Attack at Zee office over 'Jodha Akbar' show

Protesters from a group called the ‘Karni Sena’ attacked Zee Media office in Jaipur on Monday over the TV show ‘Jodha Akbar’ aired on the Zee TV channel.

The assaulters armed with weapons and daggers, raised slogans and destroyed property and valuables inside the premises. Police officers stood in silence while the vandalism took place and hardly made an effort to take action against the hooligans.

‘Jodha Akbar’ is an Indian historical drama being aired from Monday to Friday at 08:00pm on Zee TV. The serial premiered on June 18 last year. The show is produced by Ekta Kapoor of Balaji Telefilms.

It is an epic drama about a 16th century story of the political wedding of understanding between the Mughal emperor Akbar and a Rajput princess Jodha Bai. The show centers on how their marriage brings about love between the two that alters the fate of the country.

The members of the group, angry and disappointed with Ekta’s “non-materialising promises” of taking her controversial serial off the air, have decided to launch a nationwide protest against her.

The community-based group has been protesting against the show for ‘distorting facts’ related to the history of Rajputs in the serial.

Lokendra Singh Kalvi, chief of the Sena called press conference on Monday afternoon, and said, “We’ve been continuously requesting them to make certain changes in the serial. Despite several promises by Ekta Kapoor, no changes have been made. So we have decided to not let any of Balaji’s films be released in the state.”

A group of 40-odd volunteers of the Sena participated in a protest march to the channel’s office in Jaipur, and also pasted a banner outside it, which they said was “written in blood”.

Kalvi, who met the channel officials after this, said, “There is just no point in talking to the channel officials in Jaipur. They are not interested in solving the matter. We’ve no other option but to launch a nationwide protest. We will now take our protest to Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and other cities as well. I have scheduled a meeting with Delhi volunteers. We have decided to launch a campaign in Delhi where our volunteers will go to all the cinema halls and request them not to screen any films produced under the Balaji banner.”

During the protest march the volunteers also burnt an effigy of Ekta.