A Suitable Boy controversy: FIR filed against Netflix for hurting religious sentiments
An FIR has been registered in Madhya Pradesh against two Netflix officials for allegedly hurting religious sentiments through the web series A Suitable Boy, said Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra.
"On the basis of a complaint filed by Gaurav Tiwari, an FIR is being registered under section 295 (A) (malicious acts to outrage and insulting the religious feelings and beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in Rewa against Netflix officials -- Monika Shergill and Ambika Khurana," Mishra said in a video.
Shergill is the Vice President of Netflix India while Khurana is the Director of Public Policy at the streaming platform.
On Sunday, Mishra had hinted at possible legal action against the makers of the web series. He had said the state police have been asked to probe the web series by Mira Nair to check if kissing scenes in the show have been shot in a temple.
"'A Suitable Boy' was released on an OTT media platform. Kissing scenes were filmed inside a temple with bhajans being sung in the background. I consider it objectionable. I think this hurt feeling," Mishra said in a video tweet.
"I have directed police to examine the series and determine what action can be taken against the producer and director of this series," he added about the Netflix series.
The video has received mixed reactions from netizens.
A user tweeted: "If you're not liking the content, no one is forcing you to watch it. The supreme court of India said so. I don't like your face, so I won't watch your videos, I won't ask the police to investigate your ugliness and ban you from appearing in public."
"Why there should be an objection. Hindu religion is broad-minded and the sculptures on Hindu temples speak of romance as a way of life and not something to be ashamed of. It is not considered a sin," wrote another user.
He found support on social media, too.
"This double standards by OTT platforms must be prohibited and banned. Full support" wrote a user.
Another user wrote: "Thank You MP's Home Minister @drnarottammisra Ji. Please Ban Netflix In India, it's harmful for Indian Culture. #BoycottNetflix."