Pakistan asks TV channels to ban ‘hug scenes’, says ‘disregard to culture’: Reports | World News

Hugs / caresses / extramarital relationships, vulgar / bold clothing, bed scenes and intimacy of married couples are glorified in complete disregard for Islamic teachings and culture of Pakistani society, the Order said.

The Pakistani Electronic Media Regulator (PEMRA) has urged local TV stations to censor scenes of petting and hugging after the authorities have received several complaints against such elements in television dramas. The list of such objectionable content includes “indecent dressing, caressing, bed scenes and gestures, sensitive or controversial acts, and unnecessary details of events that are highly disturbing, unsettling to viewers and contrary to generally accepted standards of decency”. Friday said it follows on from earlier instructions from the agency that have been issued from time to time, it said.

The authorities explain the reason for this step that they not only receive complaints from the public, but are also punished in WhatsApp groups. “A sizable layer of society believes that drama does not reflect the true picture of Pakistani society. Hugs / caresses / extramarital relationships, vulgar / bold clothing, bed scenes and intimacy of married couples are glorified in complete disregard for Islamic teachings and culture of Pakistani society” , it was said.

“Against the background of the waiver, all satellite TV licensees are obliged to cease broadcasting such content in dramas from now on and to ensure compliance with the PEMRA laws, both verbally and in writing,” she added.

The notification caused a stir on social media. Human rights expert Reema Omer responded to orders that intimacy and affection between married couples were not a true reflection of Pakistani society. “Our culture is control, abuse and violence …” she wrote.

The drama series Juda Huay Kuch is Tarah has reportedly caused a storm on social media as the teaser features an “unwitting couple who were foster siblings.”

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