Pehredaar Piya Ki, the new TV serial being aired on Sony TV, has been in news for all the wrong reasons. People have been disgusted with the concept of the soap which shows a 10-year-old child marry an adult woman. The criticism had increased so much that now an online petition has been put up, seeking a ban on this serial. Since the petition went online on change.org, it has received over 43,000 supporters. The motive of this petition is to ask Information and Broadcast Minister Smriti Irani to take action against the show.
The petition reads, “Pehredar piya ki. – 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 -8:30pm on sony. (Family time) It is to be devoured by the entire Nation. 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. Join us in signing the petition to ban this serial.”
This new serial shows a 10-year-old boy married to an 18-year-old woman. The idea of glamorising child marriage was met with fierce opposition. The cringy story line was bashed further when it aired an episode with a scene of ‘suhaagraat’ between the boy and the woman. Addressing the backlash the show received when it aired, the producer of the show said in an interview to a daily:
The circumstances that Ratan goes through in the show is such that only a person close to him can protect him. Even a friend or a well-wisher cannot be a shadow to a 10-year-old boy. It is the story of a rare bonding and a friendship. Even after their marriage, it is a story of an innocent bond.
But looks like viewers are in no mood to accept this show. Twitter erupted with reactions after the petition went live. Here are few reactions:
— Shailaja V (@shyvish) August 9, 2017
— Vishakha (@vishakhatalreja) August 8, 2017
— Prerna Sinha (@maaofallblogs) August 8, 2017
Boycott the advertisers! What rubbish and bizarre story of 9 year old marrying 18 year old!! #PehredarPiyaKi Should be banned
— मुरली Swaminathan (@mswami) August 8, 2017
It is left to be seen if the makers are forced to take the show off air or if they’ll continue with the regressive content.
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