This had to happen, and we are thankful it is. A petition addressed to Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Cabinet Minister of Textiles and Information and Broadcasting (Additional Charge), has been started to get Sony Entertainment Television’s Pehredaar Piya Ki off air.

The petition was posted by a viewer named, Mansi Jain on Change.org and needs 50,000 signatures. At the time of this story being published, 49,859 people had already signed it. So it just needs 141 more signatures so that an action can be taken. The petition read, “Pehredar piya ki. – A 10 year old impressionable little kid(” piyaa”) caressing and stalking a lady who’s more than double his age and filling sindoor in her “maang” is being telecasted at prime time -8:30pm on sony. (Family time) It is to be devoured by the entire Nation. Imagine the kind of influence it will steadily and perpetually infuse in the viewers mindset. We want a ban on the serial. We do not want our kids to be infuenced by such tv serials. Join us in signing the petition to ban this serial. (sic).” ALSO READ: Pehredaar Piya Ki Hits Another Level Of Bizarre As Diya And 10-Year-Old Ratan Head For A Honeymoon!

For those of you who don’t know, Pehredaar Piya Ki Ratan (Afaan Khan), a 10-year-old boy who is married to and Diya (Tejaswi Prakash), 18. Ever since the first promo came out, people were outraged, and said that it propagates child marriage. Of course the star cast defended the show, and Tejaswi even went on to say “it’s progressive.” People gave it a chance, but things took a turn for worse when the makers introduced a ‘suhagraat’ sequence and a proposed London honeymoon for Diya and Ratan. This is when the petition was started and we are sure it will cross the 50,000 mark in just a few minutes because it is going viral with everyone supporting the ban on the show.

Just in case you haven’t signed on the petition yet, click here and do it. Because Pehredaar Piya Ki is indeed crap in the name of entertainment.

(Written by Vinod Talreja)