BCCC (Broadcasting Content Complaint Council), the regulatory body for Television content, has directed Sony channel to shift its controversial daily serial 'Pehredaar Piya Ki' to the 10 pm slot so that children do not watch it. The channel management was also advised to run a scroll saying the daily soap does not promote child marriage.
The decision has been taken on Thursday amidst demands that the daily serial be banned. The serial, which began airing last month in Sony channel, focuses on a nine-year-old boy's marriage to an 18 -year-old girl. The soap is accused of having some alleged 'intimate scenes' between the kid and the woman.
Strong objections to the show were raised by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and National Commission For Women, besides number of complaints from certain parents. "Pehredaar Piya Ki" has been slammed by viewers for allegedly promoting 'child marriage'.
More than one lakh people had signed an online petition urging Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani to ban the show, following which she redirected the issue to the BCCC.
In its meeting held today, the Council directed the channel to move the show from its current slot of 8.30 pm to 10 pm slot, which is the restrictive hour on TV. Besides, a scroll has to run saying that the serial does not promote child marriage and it is entirely a work of fiction.