In a notification released today, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has instructed TV channels to “refrain from airing caress/hug scenes” between couples. The notification said these scenes are not only “against the commonly accepted standards of decency” but are also violating “Islamic teachings.”

Objectionable content includes: “Hugs/caress scenes/extramarital relations, vulgar/bold dressing, bed scenes, and intimacy of married couples.”

In fact, PEMRA said that they have received complaints from a “considerable stratum of the society” that found these scenes “highly disturbing” and distressing” because they are against Pakistani cultural norms.

Responding to the notification, legal and human rights professional Reema Omer said: “PEMRA finally got something right: Intimacy and affection between married couples isn’t ‘true depiction of Pakistani society and must not be “glamourized.”

“Our ‘culture’ is control, abuse, and violence, we must jealously guard against the imposition of such alien values.”

The development has caused an uproar on social media and has led many to question why PEMRA hardly takes notice of abuse and domestic violence scenes on TV but seems so bothered when it comes to romance and intimacy.

In fact, just last month politician Sharmila Farooqi had called out dramas for propagating violence. “Why do Pakistani dramas show men slapping their wives at the drop of a hat?” she tweeted.


From : pk.mashable.com

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