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Sikh body demands ban on 'Grahan' web series on 1984 riots

Sikh body demands ban on 'Grahan' web series on 1984 riots

AMRITSAR: Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur has demanded that ‘Grahan’ web series based on the incidents of the 1984 riots be banned immediately as it portrays a Sikh character in an “objectionable manner”.

She demanded that the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry should ban the series, which is scheduled to be released on Disney Hotstar platform on June 24.

The SGPC chief said, “A Sikh character has been portrayed in an objectionable manner in a web series called ‘Grahan’ based on the 1984 Sikh genocide. In the web series, the charge of Sikh genocide is being levelled against a Sikh character which is highly condemnable and fabricated.” “A legal notice has been sent by a witness of the genocide Nirpreet Kaur to Ajay G Rai, producer of ‘Grahan’ web series and Sunil Ryan, head and president of Disney Hotstar. The SGPC also supports this notice,” she said.

Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “Through this web series, work is being done to rub salt on the wounds of Sikhs which would hurt the Sikh sentiments. Such films also hurt the communal harmony in society. Therefore, the government should enact strict Information Technology (IT) rules to curb such sensitive and objectionable trends.” Kaur demanded from the Government of India that it should include Sikh representatives in the Censor board so that controversial scenes related to Sikhs and the Sikh faith could be removed in any film.

The SGPC president warned the ‘Grahan’ producer and the head of Disney Hotstar that if the objectionable web series is released, legal action would be taken against them by the SGPC as well.

‘Grahan’ is based on the incidents of the 1984 riots.

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