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Govt clamps down on channel Colors

delhi Updated: Dec 29, 2010 23:46 IST
Nandini R Iyer

Entertainment channel Colors may have won itself a reprieve for telecasting Bigg Boss Season 4 but it seems to have missed the point about why the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting cracked down on it in the first place.

Torture, abusive language, vulgarity, on daily soap Rishton Se Badi Pratha has forced the government to threaten action yet again, against entertainment channel Colors. This is the fourth programme on the channel to be served notice for violation of the programme code.

The latest notice was served on Tuesday for a programme whose title ironically translates to “Traditional values are over and above relationships”.

The government’s latest notice to the channel describes specific scenes screened on December 21 and 22 where the family catches up with an eloping couple. The boy’s brother is shown kicking the girl, trying to drown her, and mouthing filthy dialogues. The boy’s grandmother uses the filthiest expletives to abuse the girl. The girl’s brother, when he arrives on the scene also abuses her roundly.

The ministry has objected specifically to scenes depicting the torture of women, saying this is barbaric, denigrating women, and could have a traumatic impact on children.

This notice is the sixth notice issued to the channel across four programmes. Bigg Boss was issued notice in seasons two, three, and four. Notice was also issued to two other programmes, Bairy Piya and Koi Aane Ko Hai.

Recently when the ministry clamped down on the telecast of obscenity on Bigg Boss Season 4, asking Colors to run a scroll and switch Bigg Boss Season 4, to a post 11 pm slot the channel approached court. The court eventually permitted the channel to continue on prime time on condition that it practised self-regulation.

Senior government officials told Hindustan Times that they were concerned that such scenes, which showed, repeated violence and abusive behaviour towards women would incite violence against women in society.

“The notice makes it clear that the programme is in violation of at least six different rules of the programme code,” said a senior official.

Accordingly the channel has been told to remove objectionable content and asked to explain why action should not be taken against Colors.