Friday, October 15, 2021

‘Stop Bombay Begums’: NCPCR strict on children’s casual sex and drugs, even rubbish about Bhagwad Gita

National Child Rights Protection Commission (NCPCR) web series ‘Bombay Begums’ from OTT platform Netflix Asked to stop streaming. If this does not happen, legal action has been warned. This action has been taken on the complaint of two Twitter handles regarding misrepresentation of children in this web series. At the same time, users have also expressed displeasure over the Hinduphobic content of the series.

The apex child rights body on Thursday (11 March 2021) asked Netflix to immediately stop streaming, citing inappropriate depictions of children in web series. Also, a detailed action report has also been asked to be submitted within 24 hours. The NCPCR has stated that if the OTT platform does not do so, it will be forced to take legal action.

NCPCR Stated in the notice That the web series is now showing normal consumption of drugs among children, after saying that casual sex of minors is normal. The Commission has said that it cannot allow children to be depicted in this way. “With this type of material, the series will not only contaminate the young minds of children, but it can also result in abuse and exploitation of children at the hands of criminals,” the notice states.

The commission received complaints from two Twitter handles in this regard. A handle named @DeepikaBhardwaj has strongly objected to the portrayal of children in ‘Bombay Begums’. Especially, the way in which drug use has been shown among children.

Another popular Twitter handle @GemsOfBollywood also complained. He told that in this web series, the girls are shown taking pictures of their body parts and sending them to classmates. This Twitter handle is known to expose the Hinduphobic agenda of the film industry.

In the web series, a Tilakdhari leader is shown quoting from the Bhagavad Gita that the fulfillment of the spirit of the man is the highest religion of the woman.

These tweets made to NCPCR were sought to be taken under section 13 (1) (j) of the CPCR (Commission for Protection of Child Rights) Act 2005. The NCPCR notice stated, “Netflix should take extra precautions in relation to children or while streaming any content for children. Therefore, you are directed to look into the matter and immediately stop streaming the series. ”

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The script of ‘Bombay Begams’ is written by Alankrita Srivastava and Pooja Bhatt is in the lead role. The series is based on the lives of 5 women from different regions in Mumbai. Significantly, this is not the first time that a web series is in dispute over its content. Recently, Amazon Prime Video’s web series ‘Tandava’ was in controversy over Hinduphobic content. During the hearing of a case related to this, the Supreme Court had emphasized the screening of content before release on the OTT platform.

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