Censor Board-like infrastructure necessary to regulate web series content : Hindu Janajagruti Samiti


Ban Anti-Hindu web series, ‘Paatal Lok’!

Massive support for #BoycottPaatalLok and #CensorWebSeries on Twitter!

It is clear that Anushka Sharma’s production, ‘Paatal Lok’ has been made with a strong Hinduphobic approach; it features extremely objectionable scenes. The web series contains several scenes that spew hate about Hindu Dharma and can potentially disturb communal harmony, such as, a dog that has been named Savitri; a Pujari (priest) consuming meat in the temple premises; saffron-clad goons chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram’ and assaulting Muslims; saints using foul language; an individual wearing a Janeu (sacred thread) and raping a woman; a Hindu woman refusing to drink water given by a Muslim woman, and more. This is absolutely objectionable; Hindu Janajagruti strongly condemns the web series, ‘Paatal Lok’, and urges the government to immediately impose a ban on it, the Hindu Janjagruti Samiti has demanded.

The youth of the country is hooked on to OTT platforms such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hotstar, Alt Balaji and are consuming web content in a big way. Many of these platforms are streaming uncensored, objectionable web series such as ‘Paatal Lok’, ‘Laila’, ‘Sacred Games’, Gandi Baat’, ‘Code M’, and ‘Game of Thrones’ among many more. This content is completely uncensored and is currently beyond the regulatory purview of the state administration, the government or the Censor Board. As such, content that is anti-national in nature, against the defence forces of our country, Hinduphobic, obscene, violent, objectionable and one that can potentially damage the social fabric of the country, is being streamed in a big way. This is extremely serious and puts the nation’s integrity, unity and communal harmony at risk. Therefore, a Censor Board-like regulatory infrastructure is necessary to regulate web series content; until then all objectionable web series should be banned, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti has also demanded.

Twitterati rendered strong support to this demand. Today #BoycottPaatalLok and #CensorWebSeries hashtags were trending in top 10 across India. More than 63000 netizens tweeted on this issue.

As per available statistics, the web content industry is worth 3 Billion INR. Although web series reach a wide range of audience, there is no regulatory authority similar to that of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) that regulates feature films. In this context, we demand the central government to enact a stringent law for the same.