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Buddhist groups find film slanderous



A film set to hit the theatres today will face protests by Buddhist groups, who deem its content as being slanderous to Buddhism and monks.

In its statement, the Association of Buddhist Relations said the film "Nark Prok" (Naga Hood) gave Buddhist monks a bad image and vilified the religion as a whole.

The association's chairman Adisak Wannasin said he would lodge a petition with the Culture Ministry asking it to review its decision to allow the film to be screened today.

Adisak said the film included "inappropriate images" like showing three men dressed as monks touching women - an act that is forbidden under the discipline of monkhood. According to the screenplay, the three saffron-clad men are bandits planning to rob a temple. Somkiat Sorralump, a member of the House committee on religions, arts and culture, said his panel would take drastic action if the film ended up getting screened. He said the panel believed the movie was meant to make Buddhism look bad. "The producers want to destroy Buddhism," he added.






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