Islamabad, A Pakistani court on Monday conditionally allowed the broadcast of a TV drama called ‘Hadsa’, which tells the story of a rape victim.
The drama, which was produced by the state-run Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV), was initially banned by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on the grounds that it was “too sensitive” and could “trigger emotional distress” among rape victims.
However, the Lahore High Court overturned PEMRA’s ban on Monday, ruling that the drama could be broadcast with certain conditions. The court ordered that PTV must air a disclaimer before and after the drama, warning viewers that the drama contains sensitive content.
The court also ordered that PTV must provide a helpline number for rape victims to call if they feel distressed while watching the drama.
The court’s decision to allow the broadcast of ‘Hadsa’ has been welcomed by many women’s rights activists, who say that the drama will help to raise awareness of the issue of rape and sexual violence in Pakistan.
However, some conservative groups have criticized the court’s decision, arguing that the drama could be harmful to rape victims.
The broadcast of ‘Hadsa’ is scheduled to begin on PTV on September 25, 2023.
Significance of the court’s decision:
The court’s decision to allow the broadcast of ‘Hadsa’ is significant for a number of reasons. First, it is a sign of growing awareness of the issue of rape and sexual violence in Pakistan. Second, it is a victory for women’s rights activists, who have been campaigning for the drama to be broadcast. Third, it is a sign that the Pakistani judiciary is committed to protecting freedom of expression.
The court’s decision to allow the broadcast of ‘Hadsa’ is a positive development. The drama is likely to raise awareness of the issue of rape and sexual violence in Pakistan, and to challenge harmful stereotypes about rape victims.