HC flays language in "Rakhi ka Insaaf"

It also said it was high time government disallows telecast of shows "which are unpalatable and offensive to individual self-esteem and self-respect".

The remarks came from a division bench comprising Justice Imtiyaz Murtaza and Justice Ram Autar Singh on a writ petition of Anju Raikwar and three others who have been named in an FIR filed in Jhansi district.

The petitioners, along with actress and host of the prgoramme Rakhi Sawant, have been accused of abetment to suicide by the complainant Savitri Devi whose son Laxman had gone to Mumbai in September to take part in the show where the anchor allegedly used foul language against him and called him "naamard" (impotent).

Later, when the episode was telecast on October 23, it left Laxman distraught and he accused Sawant of having "made his life hell" and gave up taking food.

He later fell ill and died in a hospital where medical reports described his condition as being "tension-stricken".

The petitioners, who had allegedly persuaded Laxman to take part in the show by telling him that this would help him in resolving his marital discord, had prayed for a stay on their arrest, which was granted by the court observing "there was no suicide note left by the petitioner nor was there anything on record to show that the deceased committed suicide".

The court directed Savitri Devi to file her counter affidavit within four weeks and ordered that the case be listed for further hearing "immediately after the expiry of the aforesaid period".

The court said "the manner in which the show has been recorded and aired does speak volumes about the ethical value of such programme.....

"Even if it be believed that the intent of the show was to allow the parties to give vent to pent-up feelings, it was not permissible for the anchor to have used unpalatable and offensive words like "naamard" as alleged in the FIR".

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