Ban ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’, Smriti Irani Writes To Broadcasting Council
Since the day it was aired, Sony TV’s recently-launched daily soap Pehredaar Piya Ki has been replete with controversies. Now, there are chances of the soap going off air as I&B Minister Smriti Irani wants to ban the show and has written to the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council for the same.
The show shows a 9-year-old boy falling head over heels with an 18-year-old girl, proposing her for marriage and eventually getting married to her. The programme even showed suhaag raat and honeymoon sequences, drawing the audience’s ire. Such content can have a negative impact on the influential minds of children.
“We want a ban on the serial. We do not want our children to be influenced by such TV serials” – Petition”
Smriti Irani had come across an online petition, filed on change.org by Mansi Jain that demanded the show to end. The petition has got 103,106 supporters so far, and it is increasing with each passing day.
She has written to the BCCC and has asked them to take immediate action against the show on a priority basis.
“A 10-year-old impressionable little kid (“piyaa”) caressing and stalking a lady who’s more than double his age and filling sindoor in her “maang” is being telecasted at prime time, family time. Imagine the kind of influence it will steadily and perpetually infuse in the viewers’ mindset. We want a ban on the serial. We do not want our kids to be influenced by such TV serials,” reads the petition.
However, in defence of the soap, an unnamed source had told Indian Express, “It is such a futile attempt by people. The show is nowhere promoting child marriage, nor is it showing anything objectionable.”
She also mentioned that the marriage is for a cause, and not to enjoy marital pleasures. “When we are giving out such strong messages, why do people need to file petitions? It’s an unnecessary criticism and completely unjustified.”