Cable operators asked to follow PEMRA guidelines regarding sanctity of Muharram

ISLAMABAD, Jan 08 (APP):The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Tuesday asked all the TV channels not to air dramas containing controversial themes, indecent dressing and gestures, sensitive/ controversial plots, divorce, infidelity, extra marital affairs, and unnecessary detailing of the event(s)."Such content is not only distressing for the viewers but is also against the commonly accepted standards of decency," the media regulator said in its advice.
        PEMRA said:"The prevalent rampant trend of airing quite bold themes in Pakistani drama industry has resulted in massive public complaints on Pakistan Citizen Portal (PCP), PEMRA Complaints Call Center and Feedback System as well as through social media/ whatsapp. 
        "The viewers have severely criticized content being shown in dramas these days. They are of the opinion that dramas are not depicting true picture of Pakistani society. Indecent scenes/ dialogues/ extramarital relations, violence, inappropriate dressing, rape scenes, caressing, bed scenes, use of drugs and alcohol, intimate moments between couples are being glamorized in utter disregard to Pakistani culture and values.
        "Besides, established religious beliefs regarding "Divorce and Halala" are being distorted through weak plots and story lines, creating confusion among the viewers about religious principles.
      "Majority of the scripts revolve around women, having same story pick, plot or purpose. These dramas depict hackneyed image of women and have confined themselves to feminist issues only, therefore, ignoring children, teenagers and men. The script writers are confined to Saas Bahu vendetta, extra marital affairs, divorce and infidelity etc.
     "All TV channels are, therefore, required to stop airing such content in dramas and produce content in consonance with the socio-cultural norms as per aspirations of Pakistani society. Creative and diversified stories should be picked to promote positive image of society inculcating optimism and constructive approach with the objective to build prosperous and tolerant nation. The TV channels are advised to ensure compliance of provisions laid down in PEMRA laws and the Electronic Media Code of Conduct 2015."