Commission for Women (NCW)
favours law to control TV programmes
Pass Bill to ensure monitoring of content on
Concerned over “blatant vulgarity” on prime time television, the National
Commission for Women (NCW) has demanded that the Prohibition of Indecent
Representation of Women and Children Bill, 2008 — the amended Indecent
Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986 — be passed immediately to
ensure monitoring of the content on the electronic media.
The demand comes in
the wake of public outrage over two reality shows — Big Boss and Rakhi ka
Insaf. “Unless a law is enacted, shows like ‘Big Boss' and ‘Rakhi ka Insaf'
cannot be stopped,” NCW chairperson Girija Vyas told reporters on
Friday.(19-11-2010).She said the Commission had reviewed the 1986 Act and
drafted amendments to broaden the definition of “indecent representation”
and expand the scope of the Act to include electronic and digital media, and
make punishments stringent.
“We appeal to the
government to immediately pass the amended Bill so that there is a
regulatory authority to control shows like the ones which are on air now,”
The proposed Bill had a
provision to set up a central authority to regulate and prohibit indecent
representation of women, she noted.The scope of the proposed Bill would be
extended to electronic media, Internet and also to SMS and MMS clips. “A new
clause ‘publish' will be introduced to cover audio visual media, computer,
satellite related communication or Internet communication.”
Commending Prasar Bharati for
shifting the telecast of the two shows between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m, Ms. Vyas
said the reasons cited for the shift included “abusive” language,
“objectionable” content and divulging of “intimate” details on the shows.
However, ‘Big Boss' — aired on
Colors — obtained a stay from the court on the Information and Broadcasting
Ministry's order, while the telecast of ‘Rakhi ka Insaf,' which is aired on
NDTV Imagine, was shifted to a late night slot.
“Unless there is law, such things cannot be
controlled. They went to the court and got the order stayed. So, the
immediate need is a law so that these kinds of programme can be controlled,”
Ms. Vyas said the NCW had written to NDTV
Imagine seeking an explanation for the use of “indecent language” by anchor
Rakhi Sawant. “Besides law, there should be self-regulation also. Every
media group, production house and advertisement agencies should create and
maintain a self-regulatory mechanism.
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