January 28, 2009 / 1:16 AM / in 9 years

Eastern India deploys police after "Slumdog" protests

PATNA, India (Reuters) - Police in an eastern Indian state tightened security on Tuesday, a day after slum dwellers objecting to the word “dog” attacked a theater that was screening the Oscar-nominated film “Slumdog Millionaire” in its main city.

On Monday, in the Bihar state capital Patna, protesters tore down posters and ransacked a theater showing the rags-to- riches tale of a Mumbai slum dweller, which won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild awards at the weekend.

The film has also received 10 Oscar nominations.

Hundreds of protesters, mainly slum dwellers, shouted slogans saying the film’s title was humiliating and must be changed for protests to end.

“Referring to people living in slums as dogs is a violation of human rights,” Tateshwar Vishwakarma, a social activist said.

Police said they have deployed armed police outside theatres in the state to thwart any further attacks.

Last week, Vishwakarma filed a case against an actor, the music director and two other people associated with “Slumdog” in a local court.

The case will be heard in a Patna court on February 5, police said.

Writing by Bappa Majumdar; Editing by Alistair Scrutton and Bill Tarrant

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