TV channel puts off telecast of show

Television crime show Crime Patrol Dastak has postponed a scheduled episode on last month’s brutal gang-rape of a Delhi girl following “advice” from the Central Government.

Hosted by Anup Soni, the show, which reconstructs real crimes using actors, is aired on Sony Entertainment Television (SET) India.

Widely promoted

It had been widely promoting this weekend’s episode on the December 16 rape of the 23-year-old physio-therapy intern by six men in a moving bus, an incident which shook the nation and led to widespread protests in the Capital.

Union Information & Broadcasting Ministry officials confirmed that they had “informally advised” the channel not to telecast the episode, keeping in mind the ground realities.

“We noticed the promos, which seemed very insensitive in their presentation of what happened to the girl,” said a senior official.

“They were juxtaposing images of the agitation with the tragedy of the girl…”

Another official emphasised that there was no question of putting any pressure on the show; rather, it had been “informal advice” offered to the channel management.

“The Ministry has advised, and they have willingly agreed,” said a Ministry official.

The episode was to be aired on Friday and Saturday, but Sony has agreed to “postpone it to a new telecast schedule.”

  • This weekend’s episode was to be based on gang-rape

  • I&B officials “informally advised” channel not to air it


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