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BCCC restrains airing of Crime Patrol episodes on Delhi gang rape incident

NCC cadets protesting against the Delhi gangrape by raising bare swords in Jaipur.photo: ROHIT JAIN PARAS

NCC cadets protesting against the Delhi gangrape by raising bare swords in Jaipur.photo: ROHIT JAIN PARAS  

Noting that only courts can pronounce verdicts of guilt, the Broadcast Content Complaints Council (BCCC) has restrained television channel Sony from airing episodes of its show ‘Crime Patrol-Dastak’ that were based on re—enactment of the Delhi gangrape incident.

The BCCC, which was looking into the matter after the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court referred to it a plaint by an organisation named Bharatiya Stree Shakti, against the channel’s decision to air the episodes on January 11 and 12.

The case was first of its kind where a court referred a matter related to broadcasting content to the BCCC which is a self regulatory body, sources said. Before delivering the order BCCC chairperson A P Shah and others from the council watched the two episodes and also heard all sides.

“The show goes on to pronounce the accused persons guilty and the anchor of the show even says that the maximum possible punishment must be handed out to the accused persons.

Under our criminal justice system, it is a basic tenet that nobody has the right to pronounce a verdict, much less verdict of guilt or otherwise upon an accused and that it is the sole prerogative of criminal court,” the BCCC said in its order.

The council, however, also said that it did not feel that the show in any way was breaching privacy of individuals. “Other than this, the Council does not find anything objectionable with the show,” the order said.

The BCCC said the trial in the case is almost getting over and there is a likelihood of the pronouncement of the verdict soon.PTI



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