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After Munnabhai-style copying, Mumbai police say stop airing crime series on TV channels

The Munnabhai-style copying shows how films and TV serials are giving ideas to youngsters to commit crime, cover their tracks, say police

mumbai Updated: Apr 21, 2017 18:17 IST
Sagar Rajput
Sagar Rajput
Hindustan Times
Munnabhai MBBS,Sanjay Dutt,Mumbai police
A man was arrested for cheating, just like the character essayed by Sanjay Dutt in the movie Munnabhai MBBS. (HT File)

Experts and police officers believe that films and TV crime series are giving youngsters ideas on how to commit a crime. They also feel that crimes series should not be telecast. Recently, a man was arrested for cheating, after being inspired by a scene from Munnabhai MBBS, in a railway police recruitment exam.

Deputy commissioner of police, Vinay Rathod, (crime branch detection 1), said, “ Earlier, it used to be novels and books, but now films and crime series are presenting youths with ideas on how to commit a crime.”

A police officer said that even though the intention of these serials was to create awareness among citizens, it is also passing ideas.

Rathod said, “In many cases, people who do not have a crime record are also seeking ideas. We are against the telecast of crime series. It is good for awareness, but the process of a police investigation shouldn’t be revealed in as they are giving them ideas to prevent arrest.”

For example: The police said the process of checking call records was revealed through movies and series, which has resulted in many suspects not using their mobile phones.

Meanwhile, psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetty said, “If a normal person is watching any kind of movie, it would not affect them at all, but some, with obvious psychopathic traits, will get inspired. They might find the story and method appealing. Likewise, porn is also harmful as it leads to sexual offences.”

First Published: Apr 21, 2017 18:16 IST