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HC stays telecast of Lakshmy Ramakrishnan’s reality show Solvathellam Unmai

Lakshmy Ramakrishnan’s television show Solvathellam Unmai will not be aired till June 18.

tv Updated: May 31, 2018 20:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Lakshmy Ramakrishnan’s show Solvathellam Unmai is broadcast on Zee Tamil.

The Madras high court has ordered a stay on the telecast of Lakshmy Ramakrishnan’s show Solvathellam Unmai till June 18; the court was hearing a petition filed by Kalyana Sundaram from Virudhunagar district. Sundaram said in his petition that the reality show adversely affects people’s basic and individual rights by telecasting private matters on TV.

Reacting to the interim stay, Lakshmy tweeted, “Hi everyone, thank you for being so understanding & not bombarding me with questions. we are all law abiding citizens, if I talk anything now, it will amount to contempt of court, so decided to wait. Have lots of ‘UNMAI’ to share with you , will do it when the time is right:).”

According to a report in The News Minute, Sundaram alleged that the show doesn’t respect the rights and privacy of poor people and is invested in the TRP (Target Rating Point). The petition stated, “The host asks person who is sitting at the studio to narrate what happened to them without concerning about their right to privacy. Usually the programme records all the alleged illicit relationship issues pertaining to the individuals. It is pertinent to mention that sometimes in view of the same purposeful questions the participant goes from raging verbal abusive to physical assault (sic).”

He cited examples of how the show outed an alleged paedophile, who later committed suicide and followed that up with the case of Baby Kala who confessed to being an accomplice in her husband’s murder. It was her lover who committed the murder and both of them were arrested following the episode in April, while the murder was committed in 2010. Lakshmy also appeared as a witness in the court for this case.

Sundaram also alleged that children were forced to participate in the show “with the purpose to capture the emotional sentiments to view the show,” he said.

Justices Muralidharan and Krishnavalli have now ordered a stay on the broadcast of the show and has also directed the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Zee Tamil to respond.

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First Published: May 31, 2018 20:33 IST