FIR against Netflix officials over 'kissing scene in temple' in 'A Suitable Boy'
Bhopal/IBNS: An FIR was lodged in Madhya Pradesh against two executives of streaming platform Netflix for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments through its web series "A Suitable Boy" which showed kissing scenes allegedly on the campus of a temple.
The FIR has named Monika Shergill, Vice President, Content (Netflix) and Ambika Khurana, Director, Public Policies (Netflix), Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said.
They have been charged by Rewa police on a complaint filed by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) national secretary Gaurav Tiwari who demanded an apology from Netflix and makers of the series.
The complaint also demands the removal of "objectionable scenes", which Tiwari stated were also "encouraging love jihad".
"I had asked officials to examine the series 'A Suitable Boy' being streamed on Netflix to check if kissing scenes in it were filmed in a temple and if it hurt religious sentiments. The examination prima facie found that these scenes are hurting the sentiments of a particular religion," Mishra said in a video statement.
"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," he added.
Rewa superintendent of police Rakesh Kumar Singh told reporters that the FIR has been registered and further investigation is being carried out.