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Madras HC asks Centre to clarify regulatory mechanism for TV contents

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The Madras High Court asked the government to clarify the current regulatory mechanism governing contents aired by television channels. The bench comprising chief justice, Indira Banerjee and justice, M Sunder gave this direction to assistant solicitor general, Su Srinivasan.

Srinivasan appeared for the Centre during the hearing of a PIL which was filed to stop telecast of Tamil reality show, ‘Bigg Boss’ hosted by actor Kamal Haasan on ‘Vijay TV’.

Previously, senior counsel, PS Raman, who appeared on behalf of the actor, maintained that there were two bodies to standardize the channels. One is the broadcasting content complaints council, a self-regulatory body led by a retired SC judge and the other is by the government under the information and broadcasting ministry.

Saravanan has said that in the reality show, Haasan played with emotions and behaviour of the female contestants. He said it was very vulgar and obscene. To protect Tamil culture and in the interest and welfare of the general public, the telecast of the show must be stopped immediately, he said.

“The dress code and behaviour of female contestants on the show are very vulgar and obscene making my family members and me uncomfortable in watching the programme. Also, the reference to ‘cheri’ (slum) behaviour – made by a participant to describe the behaviour of another contestant greatly hurt downtrodden people,” the petitioner added.


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