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MIB raises concerns over depiction of rash driving on TV

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has issued an advisory to all television channels to be extremely careful in portraying stills, images and scenes which depict rash, negligent or dangerous driving.

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MRTH) has also raised concerns over the depiction of rash, negligent and dangerous driving in various programmes including serials, news features and more on TV channels and in the print media.

Drawing attention to a few instances, the MRTH has pointed out that such depiction could be against public interest.

The ministry has therefore requested all channels that stills, images and scenes depicting rash, negligent or dangerous driving may not be usually portrayed in print and electronic media.

In the unlikely event that the depiction of such situation becomes unavoidable in a certain context, these should invariably be accompanied by appropriate messages like ‘over speeding kills’, ‘driving a two-wheeler without wearing helmet is dangerous and illegal’, ‘driving a four wheeler without wearing seat belt is dangerous’ and so forth.

TV channels including Doordarshan have been asked to follow the direction.