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The irony of the ban of Verna

Shoaib Mansoor’s film Verna has reportedly been banned by the Central Board of FilmCensors and the irony is not to be missed – a film that encouraged survivors to be speak out is being silenced.

The film is about an Islamabad school teacher who is assaulted and fights for justice despite social pressure.

According to Shoaib Mansoor’s official press statement, the director has appealed to the CBFC “for the urgent release of Verna .” The premier of the highly anticipated film was scheduled to be held in Lahore and then Karachi after clearance from the censor board. The block has prompted strong reactions in the film fraternity and of course Twitter where every is questioning the censor boards priorities.

Just talking about violence against women is apparently taboo.

But perhaps the authorities need to face reality – sexual assault exists and is rampant. 

Can banning a film really improve the situation?

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Fans of the film are supporting Verna though and calling for the CBFC to clear it without any cuts.

The film follows Shoaib Mansoor’s two previous ventures which have become a cumulative become battle  cry of #KhudaKeLiyeBolVerna

The irony of banning this film only drills home how necessary it is to continue to talk about this issue.

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