Pehredaar Piya Ki controversy: After an online petition to ban the show, an NGO urges the authorities to take it off-air

Pehredaar Piya Ki has been under the radar and a hot topic of discussion ever since the promos were out. Parents, kids and everyone else are outraged at the concept of the show. A grownup woman marrying a 10-year-old kid to be his protector is one of the most regressive content, feel viewers. We told you recently how there are petitions online where people are asking the channel and requesting the Informations & Broadcasting minister, Smriti Irani, to take the show off-air. The recent ones to join the protest is an NGO from Mumbai who wants the show to be taken off-air.

The organisation wants the authorities to take the show off-air for alleged vulgarity and promoting child marriage, an official said here on Friday. The Jai Ho Foundation has shot off a complaint to Commissioner of Police Datta Padsalgikar and Union Minister Smriti Irani raising strong objections to the content of the serial, and seeking a ban on it since it is a bad influence on children and adults alike. In the plea, the NGO’s President Afroz Malik and General Secretary Adil Khatri said that in the tele-serial telecast on Sony TV on prime time “A 10-year old child Piyaa is seen caressing, stalking and having a relationship of a sexual nature with a lady who is more than double his age and filling sindoor in her maang.” (ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE! Pehredaar Piya Ki writer-producer REACTS to the ongoing controversy around the suhaag-raat scene)

This is “an indecent and obscene representation of a child for the purpose of representing sexual relationship,” they pointed out. “This TV serial as a whole is inciting and encouraging young children’s minds to commit and engage in sexual relationship,” said Malik and Khatri in the complaint. Urging a probe and registering a case under the POCSO Act, 2012, it said the action would help set a precedent for other tele-serial makers.

They said that the government spends hugely to create awareness against child marriages and sexual offences towards children, but the Censor Board approves content which promotes such social evils. Incidentally, the tele-serial, featuring a young prince Affan Jameel Khan and his caretaker, Tejaswi Prakash Wayangakar, has also generated controversy on social media for its content. There is also an online petition, addressed to Union Minister Smriti Irani, demanding a ban on the show. It has garnered more than 1 lakh signatures.

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