Shiite council sends notice to Netflix

Bombay: The All India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) sent legal notice to Netflix and the producers of the “A Appropriate Boy” web series for intentionally hurting Shia religious feelings by showing the desecration of a “tazia” (reply from the mausoleum of Imam Husain) in one of the episodes.

The web series was produced by Mira Nair and distributed by BBC Studios. It is available on the Netflix OTT platform.

The Council, by its opinion, demanded that the producers remove the stage from the web series and issue a public apology.

The AISPLB said that a scene from episode four of the series shows a deliberate desecration of the “tazia” which has hurt the feelings not only of the Shia community but also of all those Hindus, Brahmins and Sunnis who watch Muharram and hold “tazia” in high regard.

“If said scene, publicly available on various online platforms, is not removed and a public apology from manufacturers and distributors is not issued, criminal prosecution under Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC ) would be brought against offenders ”, states the notice.

The section includes accusations and actions of willful and malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting their religion or religious beliefs.

A copy of the opinion was also mailed to the Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, and to the Union Minister for Information, Anurag Thakur, for their intervention in the case.

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