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Sikh Playwright Faces Death Threats


The author of a controversial play in Britain depicting scenes of sexual violence and murder in a Sikh temple has gone into hiding after receiving death threats.

In London Tuesday, friends of playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti said she had fled her home on the advice of police.

Ms. Bhatti's play, Behtzi (dishonor) was canceled Monday by a Birmingham theater due to safety considerations after several hundred Sikh protesters stormed the theater Saturday to prevent a performance of the play.

Protesters say they are upset with the play's depiction of sexual abuse, dancing, homosexuality and murder in a Sikh temple.

Theater managers say the play is a work of fiction and not intended as a larger comment on Sikhism.

Another theater says it is prepared to stage the play elsewhere in Birmingham.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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