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Wednesday, 28 April 2010 00:00

Letter to AP State Human Rights Commission

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To,                                                                                                          Date: 28-04-2010.

The Hon'ble Chairman,

A.P., State Human Rights Commission,

Hyderabad.

 

Respected Sir,

 

With regard to the Realty Shows and more specifically the DANCE SHOWS on Television Channels, we bring the following few points for your kind consideration and necessary action.

Sir, the Organizers of the shows and the channel managements are violating the legal provisions and telecasting the programmes which are objectionable, obscene and vulgar corrupting the young and innocent minds. To following are few to quote:

 

In the programme "AATA" a song performed which says "ORORI YOGI NANNU KORIKEYARO, NANNU NAMILEYARO" which means "EAT ME AND CHEW ME".

 

Another song performed in the said programme "RINGA RINGA". This song was censored and lyrics were deleted because of its vulgarity by the Censor Board. These songs were performed by the kids (female children).

 

The Rule 6 of Programme Code of Cable Network Regulations Rules of 1995 says that "

1. No programme should be carried in the cable service which :-

(a). offends against good taste or decency.

(b). contains criticism of friendly countries.

(c). contains attack on religions or communities or visuals or words contemptuous of religious groups or which promote communal attitudes.

(d). contains anything obscene, defamatory, deliberate, false and suggestive innuendos and half truths.

(e) is likely to encourage or incite violence or contains anything against maintenance of law and order or which promote anti-national attitudes.

(f) contains anything amounting to contempt of court.

(g) contains aspersions against the integrity of the President and Judiciary.

(h) contains anything affecting the integrity of the Nation.

(i) criticises, maligns or slanders any individual in person or certain groups, segments of social, public and moral life of the country.

(j). encourages superstition or blind belief.

(k) denigrates women through the depiction in any manner of the figure of a woman, her form or body or any part thereof in such a way as to have the effect of being indecent, or derogatory to women, or is likely to deprave, corrupt or injure the public morality or morals.

(l) denigrates children.

(m). contains visuals or words which reflect a slandering, ironical and snobbish attitudes in the portrayal of certain ethnic, linguistic and regional groups.

(n). contravenes the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952.

[(o) is not suitable for unrestricted public exhibition].

[Explanation:- For the purpose of this clause, the expression "unrestricted public exhibition" shall have the same meaning as assigned to it in the Cinematograph Act, 1952 (37 of 1952).]

 

(2).The cable operator should strive to carry programmes in his cable service which project women in a positive, leadership role of sobriety, moral and character building qualities.

 

[(3). No cable operator shall carry to include in his cable service any programme in respect of which copyright subsists under the [Copyright Act, 1957 (14 of 1957)] unless he has been granted a licence by owners of copyright under that Act in respect of such programme.]

 

(4) Care should be taken to ensure that programmes meant for children do not contain any bad language or explicit scenes of violence.

 

(5). Programmes unsuitable for children must not be carried in the cable service at times when the largest numbers of children are viewing.

The section 294 of IPC says that , Obscene acts and songs - Whoever, to the annoyance of others:-

(a). does any obscene act in any public place, or

(b). sings, recites or utters any obscene songs, ballad or words, in or near any public place, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months, or with fine, or with both.

 

Section 3 of Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986 says that.

 

Sir, though the High Court of A.P. in W.P.No. 28672 of 2009            gave interim directions to all the channels to implement the code, but none are caring them for the reason to improve their TRP ratings and earnings at the cost of the society's well being. The authorities (Monitoring Committees were formed appointing the Commissioners of Police and SP's to check these programmes) are not looking at these violations for the reasons best known.

 

Sir, the telecast of these programmes is causing adverse impact on the society more specifically on the young and innocent minds which are resulting into attacks and atrocities on women and girls. Few paper clips along with the order of the High Court are enclosed herewith for your kind perusal.

 

We, therefore request your good self to kindly look into the matter and issue appropriate directions in the circumstances of the case for the ends of justice.

 

Sir you are the only hope to stop these sorts of offences against the society, being caused by the so called creative/intellectual offenders.

 

Thanking you sir,

 

Sincerely Yours,

(C.V.L.Narasimha Rao).

(supported by 52,526 voters for Secunderabad Parliament Constituency in 2009 elections).