Outrage in India after Pooja Bhat’s Bombay Begums ‘crosses limits’
The backlash over Pooja Bhat’s Bombay Begums has intensified on social media after the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) issued a notice to Netflix asking it to stop streaming the show. The child rights commission said that the content of the show may result in the abuse and exploitation of children. The series released on Netflix on March 8.
This is women empowerment of bollywood:-— Sunny Pagare (@19SunSunny) March 11, 2021
Dream of school girls is to send selfies with a developed body part to Imran
Shai is a 13-yr-old school girl, wants to ‘grow up’ to appease boys in the school. While Shai falls for a guy who is interested in another girl. #BombayBegums pic.twitter.com/uDDEhqFhJ4
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, headed by Priyank Kanoongo asked the global streaming partner to stop streaming Alankrita Shrivastava’s Bombay Begums.
NCPCR has issued a notice to Netflix and asked for a detailed report within 24 hours on the action taken by them in this concern, failing the commission would initiate appropriate legal action against the digital platform.
“From normalization of casual sex by minors, web series are now normalising the use of drugs,” said the notice referring to a scene where a minor is seen taking cocaine at a party.
Ever since the release of Bombay Begums, the show has been facing outrage on social media by a section of Twitteratis. Post the notice issued by NCPCR, the sharp criticism has intensified with netizens asking for a ban on the show.
The actors made to do perform in this scene (and other similar scenes) of clicking certain body parts are also children below 18 in all probability.— Gems of Bollywood (@GemsOfBollywood) March 12, 2021
Hence consent doesn't matter and this counts as exploitation of girl-children as per law. @NCPCR_ may take note of this fact. https://t.co/t7UTwB7p4T
The web-series stars Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash, Plabita Borthakur, and Aadhya Anand. The story revolves around four women in Mumbai who come from different strata of society. The series is directed by “Lipstick Under My Burkha” maker Alankrita Shrivastav.