PMK demands censorship of TV programmes

The PMK political party demanded censorship of TV programmes bordering on obscenity. Raising the demand in the Assembly while participating in a debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address, PMK whip Velmurugan said all the Tamil channels, including chief minister M. Karunanidhi’s family-run Kalaignar TV, had been airing vulgar programmes, which lead the younger generation astray.

He reeled out titles of various programmes aired on private channels and said they showed scantily dressed women under the garb of cultural programme only to achieve higher TRP ratings and augment revenue. Makkal TV, run by his party leader Dr S.Ramadoss, was the only channel that featured programmes reflecting the true Tamil culture, he said.

Even while he pointed out actor Shreya’s appearance in a ‘skimpy frock’ at a recent function chaired by the chief minister and demanded action against actors improperly dressed, Electricity minister Arcot N.Veeraswamy said, “We cannot bring in a legislation on dress code for actors, but only advise them if they were found obscenely dressed in public.”

Intervening PWD minister Duraimurugan said, “There is no yardstick for obscenity. It depends on one’s mind and attitude. Scanty way of dressing cannot be construed as obscenity. We cannot say to what extent a woman should expose and what type of undergarments she should wear.”

No woman member in the House objected to these remarks that were not expunged during the day’ s proceedings. However, retorting to his remarks, PMK floor leader G.K.Mani said, “The minister has given a new definition for obscenity,” and stressed the need to put an end to the trend of actors appearing in public functions semi-clad and prevent social and cultural degradation.

Higher Education minister K. Ponmudy said it was quite natural that the dressing style had been changing in tune with the times and added obscenity was in the eyes of the beholder. He asked the PMK legislators not to exaggerate things. Emphasising the necessity for a censorship of TV programmes. Velmurugan said the conversation in some programmes in FM radio channels too transgressed limits.

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