'Begum Jaan' started airing in July this year
'Begum Jaan' started airing in July this year|Twitter
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Assamese TV show banned for 2 months; Hindu groups allege it encourages 'love jihad'

'Begum Jaan', being aired on Rengoni TV, landed in controversy after Hindu groups took to the streets to protest against it. They claim the show promotes 'love jihad'

Simran Bajaj

Simran Bajaj

Guwahati: Assamese daily soap opera 'Begum Jaan' has been taken off air for two months following protests that the show allegedly promotes 'love jihad'. According to reports, local authorities ordered the ban on the show on August 24 for outraging religious sentiments.

However, the production house says that there is nothing which goes against Hindu Dharma.

The serial follows the track of a Hindu girl who fights against the society with the help of a Muslim man. It is being aired on Rengoni TV, a regional channel, since July this year. However, it stirred controversy after Hindu groups took to the streets to protest against it. They claim that the show promotes 'love jihad'.

Follwoing this, the actors of the show were targeted online. Its lead actor, Preety Kongana, said that she was threatened with rape, murder and acid attack by miscreants. She filed an FIR about the same at Dispur police station, said reports. However, she alleges that Guwahati Police took no action against these trolls.

Hindu Janajagruti Samiti even started an online petition for banning the show. Several other right wing organisations like Hindu Jagran Manch, linked to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, and other groups have objected to the telecast of the serial. Local organisations have also filed FIR.

Guwahati Police commissioner MP Gupta said that it was decided to ban the show for two months because there are apprehensions that there may be a breach of peace.

Meanwhile, actress, filmmaker and senior spokesperson of Assam Congress Bobbeeta Sharma has raised questions. In a tweet, she said, "I am amazed to read @GuwahatiPol instead of giving protection to actress Pritikangkana who is receiving threats is willing to ban the serial? First they should book or arrest those who are giving her threats @sarbanandsonwal."

She added, "By unnecessarily making hue & cry about a serial some people with vested interest are perhaps trying to forment trouble, create divide between communities who have been living harmoniously since ages @sarbanandsonwal @SanjiveNarain #BegumJaan."

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