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SC grants interim protection to Amazon Prime Video’s Aparna Purohit

Web series Tandav landed in controversy for allegedly hurting religious sentiments.


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday granted interim protection from arrest to Amazon Prime Video's India originals head Aparna Purohit in the FIR registered by Uttar Pradesh police in connection with the web series, Tandav.

The court was hearing Purohit’s appeal challenging the Allahabad high court order which had denied her petition for an anticipatory bail in FIR filed in greater Noida, reported Bar & Bench. The protection was granted subject to the condition that she would cooperate with the investigation.

The top court also observed that the latest guidelines issued by the Centre to regulate the content on the over-the-top (OTT) platforms were insufficient. "We went through the technology intermediary guidelines. But there's no teeth. No power of prosecution. These are just guidelines. No mechanism to control it. Without legislation you cannot control it," the bench noted.

Solicitor general Tushar Mehta informed the court that the government will prepare a draft law and submit it before court for consideration.

Tandav, a nine-episode political thriller on Amazon Prime Video, landed in controversy after some Hindu groups accused the makers of hurting religious sentiments through certain scenes which allegedly mocked Hindu deity Shiva. This led to registering of FIRs in several cities, barely days after it was released on the OTT platform on 15 January. Amidst the furore, director Ali Abbas Zafar has already issued an unconditional apology on social media stating that the makers have utmost respect for the sentiments of the people of our country. 

Amazon Prime Video too, on multiple occasions, has apologised to viewers whose sentiments were hurt by certain scenes in the show. Additionally, the objectionable scenes were either removed or edited, the company stated. “Amazon Prime Video again deeply regrets that viewers considered certain scenes to be objectionable in the recently launched fictional series Tandav. This was never our intention, and the scenes that were objected to were removed or edited when they were brought to our attention. We respect our viewers’ diverse beliefs and apologised unconditionally to anyone who felt hurt by these scenes,” the streamer said in a statement.

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