A TV serial which depicts the story of a Muslim man helping a Hindu girl in distress was pulled off air in Assam for allegedly hurting religious sentiments, after the Hindu right-wing saw a ‘love jihad’ conspiracy in the soap. The producers of the serial, Begum Jaan, has been asked by Assam Police to justify the storyline and why it should not be permanently stalled.
Hindu right-wing groups use the term ‘love jihad’ to denote an alleged conspiracy by Muslims to woo and marry Hindu girls and then convert them to Islam.
Guwahati police chief Munna Prasad Gupta announced the ban on August 24 after a government panel that regulate television content came to “the conclusion the said serial has outraged the religious sentiments of certain sections of the society which may lead to breach of peace and tranquillity of society (sic)...”.
The serial was aired on the Assamese-language entertainment channel Rengoni in July and ran into trouble after a few episodes when right-wing groups such as the Hindu Jagaran Manch and...