A fresh controversy has erupted over Netflix’s web series ‘A Suitable Boy’ after Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader alleged that the show has ‘hurt religious sentiments’. BJP leader and Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra has sought action against the online streaming giant after a complaint regarding the same issue was submitted by Gaurav Tiwari, National President of BJP’s Yuva Morcha, in Reeva.Also Read - 'Go to Taliban, Petrol Cheaper in Afghanistan': BJP Leader Tells Journalist When Asked About Rising Fuel Prices | Watch
As per Tiwari’s complaint, the show has a scene where a Hindu woman and a man belonging to the Muslim community share a kiss at a temple. He added that the show promoted ‘love Jihad’. In his tweet, he claimed that ‘Netflix is promoting love jihad’. Also Read - After MP and UP, Gujarat Assembly Passes 'Love Jihad' Bill Penalising 'Unlawful' Religious Conversion Through Marriage
Meanwhile, Narottam Mishra said, “I have instructed authorities to check what legal action can be taken against these scenes on the Netflix OTT platform and the producer-director of the series”. Also Read - Ex-BJP MLA Among 17 Arrested For Vandalising Restaurant on Valentine's Day in Bhopal
BJP spokesperson and advocate Gaurav Goel, on the other hand, called for FIR to be lodged against Netflix. He tweeted, “If any OTT platform is deliberately insulting the Hindu Gods & Goddess, pls file the complaint with the police or local court under Section 295A of IPC. The law will take care of such offenders. In case of any assistance, you can contact me or @chakusameer.”
A Suitable Boy is Mira Nair’s TV adaption of Vikram Seth’s novel with the same name, which was released on Netflix on October 23. The six-episode series is set in the backdrop of newly independent India (1951) and is about a couple of families who are trying to arrange marriage of their daughter to a suitable boy. Ishaan Khatter, Tabu, Tanya Maniktala and Rasika Dugal play important roles in the series.