The NCPCR – National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has looked for the mediation of Maharashtra’s Home Secretary to enroll an FIR against the producers of the Netflix series Bombay Begums. The NCPCR claims the series “standardizes minors enjoying easygoing sex and medication abuse”(a guarantee that even a careless survey of the series ruins).
One of Bombay Begum’s actors has been opened up but on a condition to be anonymous says, “We have a standing gag order. No one from the cast or crew is allowed to speak about this. But I don’t see how the series normalizes casual sex and drug abuse. The youngest protagonist is at that age when she is curious about various experiences. Her journey is the journey of many teenagers in the cities. To show the dark side of a lifestyle doesn’t mean we are normalizing or legitimizing it.”
Coordinated by Alankrita Shrivastava, Bombay Begums released on Netflix on 8 March. The show dives into the existences of five ladies from various areas of society, who all need various things throughout everyday life.
In a letter to Maharashtra Home Ministry’s Additional Chief Secretary Manu Kumar Shrivastava, the NCPCR said the Mumbai Police educated the commission that to enroll an FIR in this matter, they require “authorization from a higher authority” as the issue falls in a hazy situation.
“Since this is a serious issue where police is not following the laid procedure of the land, hence, you are requested to look into this matter and ensure that no further child rights and law of land is violated in this matter. It is also requested that an action taken report maybe furnished to the Commission within three days,” the letter stated.
With the NCPCR breathing down the Maharashtra government’s neck the series’ producers may need to alter out certain scenes featuring the 14-year old entertainer Aadhya Anand.
Fortunately for the team, this is anything but a strict or a political yet ethical issue.
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