Emerdale has faced complaints from Ofcom audiences over its murderous story involving murderer Meena Jutla.
The ITV soap has come under fire again after fans complained about the murder of Ben Tucker (Simon Lennon) by Mina (Paige Sandhu) before Christmas.
Peggy’s character, Mina, arrived in Emmerdale in September 2020 and has been on a homicide since killing characters including Lena Cavanagh (Mimi Slinger) and Andrea Tate (Anna Nightingale).
Not again! Emerdale has faced complaints from Ofcom audiences over its murderous story involving murderer Meena Jutla.
During an episode that aired on January 12, Meena revealed what was going to happen next, as she revealed her plan to kill Manpreet Sharma (Rebecca Sarkar) and Vinnie Dingle (Bradley Johnson).
In the end Mina decides against double murder and tells the couple that they have one more hour to live before returning to finish the job.
After the scenes, 65 viewers wrote to TV watchdogs to issue complaints about the ongoing story. The company confirmed that the serial killer was related to the ongoing story of Meena Jutla.
Villains: The ITV soap has come under fire again after fans complained about the murder of Ben Tucker (Simon Lennon) by Mina (Paige Sandhu) before Christmas.
Watch also confirmed that the complaints about Emmerdale over the past month are all related to the same story.
They received 65 complaints on January 4 and 91 more the next day.
Referencing the story online, a Twitter user wrote: ‘Ofcom has received 100+ complaints about Meena!’
Another person complained: ‘This story of Meena dates back to long before the watershed. Soaps are for family viewing. It’s giving our kids too much thought.
‘I will report this to @Ofcom, this #touch needs to end.’
Complaints: After the scenes, 65 viewers wrote to TV watchdogs to issue complaints about the ongoing story. The company confirmed that they were related to the ‘ongoing story of serial killer Meena Jutla’
A third person agreed and wrote: ‘#Emmerdale reported this story of Mina to Ofcom. It’s not long past the watershed. Giving people ideas is not great.’
A different person wrote: ‘@Ofcom I want to complain about the Emmerdale and Mina story with diazepan, this should be closed now.’
Another said: ‘I have filed a complaint with Ofcom regarding tonight’s story. Meena’s story is bad without dragging the issue of suicide in such a disgusting manner. Just shocking.
Not impressed: The watch also confirmed that the complaints about Emmerdale over the past month all pertain to the same story
After Don Taylor (Olivia Bromley) and Billy Fletcher (Jay Koontzle) announced ‘Save the Date’ on social media, Mina is set to return to the village in anger next week.
The residents of the village were convinced that Mina had fled to Emmerdale and left the country, although she stayed to keep an eye on them.
According to Metro, Ofcom received 74 complaints about the dramatic scene where Mina killed Ben Tucker in September.
Serial killer Mina was determined to get her hands on the footage, which proves that she attempted to murder Victoria Barton.
Shocked: Emmerdale receives complaints from displeased viewers after Mina kills Ben Tucker (Simon Lennon)
After getting his hands on the tape, Ben finds himself in Mina’s firing line and makes a run for it.
Meena followed him but then slipped on the spilled liquor and was seen hitting his head.
Ben leaves the footage in his car and then returns to see Mina but finds that she has disappeared.
Rounding back to the car, he noticed that the footage had now disappeared, before Meena attacked him with a paddle.
Not happy: Ofcom received 74 complaints about the theatrical scene that aired on Thursday, September 25, according to Metro
Mina then revisits footage of Victoria’s attempted assassination as Ben screams for help, before beating her to death.
The shocking death was not disclosed by the soap owners, and spelled the end of Ben’s year-long tenure in the village.
But many fans were not happy that Meena escaped being exposed once again, with social media flooding with her thoughts.
One wrote: ‘So Don forgot to mention that it was Mina who was telling him that Billy wasn’t over him? Erm this is essential information! I’m tempted to stop.’
Crime: Serial killer Mina was determined to get her hands on footage that proves she attempted to murder Victoria Barton
Another added: ‘Ah yes a serial killer is following you and you go back to see if they are okay.’
A third addition: ‘If Meena hits again and gets away with it, I’m leaving the show.’
‘Anyone else bored with this Mina story now? Can she either meet a very sticky end at this rate, she will have murdered most of the village by New Year’s,’ tweeted one viewer.
A fan also posted: ‘Meena’s story really blows through my mind of how she is getting away from killing people and still getting away with it.’
This story of Meena is boring. It is unrealistic for a person to act so strange and different and turn away from everything he does. The sooner it ends, the better,’ posted a viewer.
As viewers watched Ben’s boyfriend Aaron learn that his partner had been murdered, actor Danny Miller confirmed last week that he would be leaving the soap, setting the stage for his exit.
After leaving Andrea to visit her creator in a burning corn maze during dramatic survival week, Ben becomes Mina’s third victim as she desperately attempts to cover up her crimes.
Over the summer he kills teenager Lena Cavanagh when he learns that Mina had secretly stolen money from the village’s gay pride collection, and murdered her best friend Nadine before leaving for the village.
Really? Many fans were not happy that Meena once again refrained from being exposed, social media flooded with her thoughts
When Andrea discovers Mina’s role in Lena’s death, she faces a difficult ending, and viewers have been praying ever since that the murdered Nurse is finally uncovered.
Little has been revealed about when and what Meena might find out, though actress Peggy Sandhu shares her thought scenario.
He said: ‘In my dreams, this happens. Manpreet and Meena are in the street. It’s night and Meena is about to kill someone, so Manpreet has to save this person,’ she said.
‘Manpreet can only save this person by killing Meena, so she does so.
‘Then Meena dies in Manpreet’s arms and they have this beautiful sister moment where Meena almost confesses love for herself. She is almost normal and able to feel something – and then she dies! That’s what I wanted.’
Horrified: Ben finds himself in Mina’s firing line after getting his hands on the tape and makes a run for it