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Obscenity alert on TV comedy shows

New Delhi, Dec. 28: A self-regulatory body of broadcasters has cautioned entertainment channels against airing shows loaded with obscene dialogues, double entendres and smutty puns.

The advisory from the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) follows rising complaints of sexual and vulgar content in comedy shows. The council said it had “received many complaints” and mentioned two such channels.

“The BCCC expresses its concern over this trend, which often ranges on crass, abusive, vulgar and double-meaning language with sexual overtones in the name of humour. Such comedy shows cross the threshold of ‘generally accepted standards’ in terms of language and reflect the indelicate attitude of participants,” reads the advisory.

The council urged entertainment channels to exercise discretion to make television viewing more pleasurable without curtailing artistic freedom, and not let such “comedy shows” become platforms for lewd remarks.

It has also been suggested that friendly banters in comedy shows should not be derisive to any community, religion and individual.

The alert comes days after the council warned channels to refrain from featuring children below 12 in a situation with sexual or adult overtones, and to take care of the safety and health of those under 16.