FIR against makers of Bombay Begums

DEBASNATA NAYAK/ Bombay begums is a Netflix series directed by Alankrita Srivastava and stars Pooja Bhatt, Sahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash, PlabitaBorthakur, among others. It was released on 8 March, 2021.

A letter was sent to the Maharashtra additional chief secretary by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) seeking the registration of a FIR against the Netflix series Bombay Begums for inappropriately portraying the children on screen.

The NCPCR wrote in a letter to the Maharashtra Home Ministry’s Additional Chief Secretary Manu Kumar Shrivastva, that the Mumbai Police had informed that they needed permission from higher authorities as this issue falls under the Grey area.

“Since this is a serious issue where police are not following the laid procedure of the land, hence, you are requested to look into this matter and ensure that no further child rights and law of land is violated in this matter. It is also requested that an action taken report maybe furnished to the Commission within three days,” the letter issued on 25 May said.

The Maharashtra Police Commissioner Hemant Nagrale is also asked to appear before the NCPCR on May 28th along with the action taken report via video call.  

The commission has issued the notice to Netflix in early March to file a detailed report failing which a legal notice shall be initiated. The NCPCR has stated that they are acting on a complaint that said that Bombay Begums shows kids indulging in “casual sex and drug abuse.” The notice issued in March stated that this kind of portrayal would pollute the young minds and might also result in exploitation. The Information and Broadcasting was also asked by the NCPCR to instruct Netflix to remove some scenes that portrayed the children inappropriately.

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