NEW DELHI: The Broadcast Content Complaints Council (BCCC)
has advised all television channels to be 'extremely sensitive
to the excruciating physical and psychological agony of acid
attack victims' and 'mitigate the overwhelming implications
of any such depiction' in their reports.
In an advisory sent to TV channels, the BCCC has said it
is time broadcasters were also sensitised against showing
'This is even more pertinent for various crime-based programmes
since these shows often depict an acid attack case in some
detail through the dramatised version of a real incident',
the advisory said.
It said it had received several complaints relating to content
that depicts acid attacks in TV programmes. In almost all
cases, the targets are women and girls.
The Council considers acid attacks to be 'among the most
heinous of crimes with traumatic, irreversible physical and
psychological consequences to the victim'.
The Supreme Court has taken cognisance of the growing number
of acid attacks in India and directed the State to frame and
implement most stringent rules to regulate the sale of acid
and other corrosive substances.