The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has issued a show cause notice to Colors over the controversy surrounding ‘Ram Siya Ke Luv Kush’.
The mythological series has come under fire after the Valmiki community felt its sentiments were hurt with how certain scenes were portrayed on the show.
In a letter to the broadcaster, the Ministry said, “This is causing resentment in the community which has also warned that if the telecast of the said serial showing ‘distorted history’, deliberately insulting “Maharishi Valmiki” is not stopped then they will hold countrywide demonstrations against the serial. Whereas the dialogues and the utterances as used in the serial appears to offend good taste and decency. The words used to describe “Maharishi Valmiki” of the particular sect appear to show him in poor and demeaning light with a view to maligning and defaming him. It has been observed that the serial Ram Siya Ke Luv Kush is spreading distorted religious information and also harming the image of Mahrishi Valmiki, causing hurt to their religious sentiments.”
“Colors channel is hereby called to showcause within 15 days from the receipt of this communication as to why action as per the provisions of Uplinking/Downlinking guidelines, the terms and conditions of the permission granted and the provisions of Section 20 of the Cable Act should not be taken against it,” it said.
The channel will be required to response. If in any circumstances a response is not received within the stipulated period, Colors could face further action for the aforesaid violation of provisions.