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Writ seeks ban on 3 Indian TV channels in Bangladesh

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KOLKATA: A Supreme Court lawyer has filed a writ petition with the High Court of Bangladesh seeking directives on the government to stop telecasting three Indian TV channels, Star Jalsa, Star Plus and Zee Bangla, in the country.

The petition comes after  a number of young girls reportedly committed suicide as they failed to purchase “Pakhi” dress, a dress named after the actress of a drama serial-- Bojhena Se Bojhena-- aired in TV channel Star Jalsa.

The writ calls for the ban within a week and claims that the channels are leaving an adverse impact on the culture and society as a whole. Information Ministry, Information Secretary and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission were made respondents in the petition.

The writ petition, filed by Advocate Syeda Sahin Ara Laili, also sought a HC rule upon the government to explain why it should not be directed to stop broadcasting all Indian television channels in Bangladesh.

The petitioner’s lawyer said India doesn’t allow operation of any Bangladeshi television channels here. But uncontrolled broadcast of Indian television channels in Bangladesh is still prevalent.

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