A FIR (first data report) has been registered towards streaming service Netflix over allegations that the BBC adaptation of Vikram Seth’s “A Suitable Boy” has harm spiritual sentiments.
The scene that has drawn the ire of self-styled guardians of Indian tradition exhibits a person and a lady kissing inside in a temple. The FIR was filed as we speak by a BJP youth chief from Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district, who claimed the scene promoted “love jihad” – a right-wing conspiracy concept about relationships between Muslim males and Hindu girls.
In the scene that prompted the criticism, the girl is Hindu and the person Muslim.
Gaurav Tiwari, the National Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), has demanded an apology and the removing of “objectionable scenes” that “encourage love jihad”.
“Kissing scenes (filmed) inside a temple of Lord Maheshwar (a historic town located on the banks of Narmada) have hurt sentiments of Hindus. This is also encouraging ‘love jihad’,” Mr Tiwari stated.
On Sunday Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra stated police had been directed to research. Today he stated: “Prima facie after examination we have found that it hurts religious sentiments, so an FIR has been registered against Monika Shergill and Ambika Khurana.”
Ms Shergill is Vice President (Content) for Netflix and Ms Khurana the Director of Public Policies.
Neither Netflix, the executives named nor the author and crew of the sequence have reacted to this point. The director, Mira Nair, instructed NDTV earlier that she was used to trolling.
“Love jihad” is a pejorative used by right-wing groups to focus on relationships between Muslim males and Hindu girls, which, they are saying, is a ruse to forcibly convert the ladies.
Relationships between Hindu males and Muslim girls are ignored.
It is a time period not recognised by the centre. In February, the Union Home Ministry instructed parliament that “love jihad is not defined in law” and no such case had been reported by central companies.
That, nonetheless, has not stopped a number of BJP-ruled states, together with Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, from insisting they are going to push via “anti-love jihad” laws.
The sequence was filmed in Maheswar district when the earlier authorities – led by the Congress’s Kamal Nath – was in energy. Vijaylaxmi Sadho, the native MLA, had taken footage with the crew.
The six-part Netflix sequence was directed by famend filmmaker Mira Nair, who is thought for her critically-acclaimed movies resembling “Salaam Bombay”, “Monsoon Wedding” and “The Namesake”.
With enter from PTI