The Maharashtra Home Ministry, on Wednesday, July 16, wrote a letter to the Central Government of India, urging the government to prohibit the release of controversial movie, Muhammad – The Messenger of God, in the country. The letter addressed to the Ministry of Electronic & Information Technology expressed concerns over the release of the movie on the digital platform citing one Raza Academy’s letter of objection to the state home ministry.
“The movie can potentially disturb the religious sentiments of citizens in the country and may cause religious tensions creating law and order problems in the country,” read the statement in the letter signed by the Maharashtra Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh.
Maharashtra Home Dept writes to Central govt with a request to stop screening of the film "Muhammad: The Messenger of God" which is scheduled to be released on digital platform on July 21. The request has been made after receiving a complaint from Raza Academy,a Mumbai based org. pic.twitter.com/O6nRKjYwYo
— ANI (@ANI) July 15, 2020
The state home ministry decided to act upon a complaint forwarded by Raza Academy claiming the movie to be completely “blasphemous”. The Anil Deshmukh led Ministry of State Home Affairs, requested the central government to block/suspend the digital Over the Top (OTT) platforms where the movie is scheduled for a launch on July 21, 2020.
The matter came in the limelight after Raza Academy decided to write a letter to the Maharashtra state Home Ministry to prevent the controversial movie from releasing as it displays complete blasphemy. It stated that it has received hundreds of calls from those concerned to take measures to prevent the movie from releasing.