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Hindu Janajagruti Samiti demands ban on ‘MTV Splitsvilla’

MUMBAI: Goa-based right-wing Hindu outfit Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) has demanded a ban on the dating reality show ‘MTV Splitsvilla’, claiming it is bad for Indian culture.

The group has accused the makers of the show of eroding Indian culture and morality. It has also demanded stern censorship of such reality TV shows as ‘everything goes on air without proper checks and edits’.

In a statement, HJS spokesperson Ramesh Shinde said, “The impact of such reality shows is so much that it erodes culture and morality in the youth which are the future responsible citizens of this country.”

Referring to the views expressed by one of the participants, a model from Goa, Scarlett Rose, on Facebook and the Goa Chronicle website, Shinde said, “Her concept of freedom is to be allowed to wear short skirts, strap dress and bikinis. This mindset is western and has no place in our Indian culture and society.”

Hosted by actress Sunny Leone and VJ Nikhil Chinnapa, the show is in its seventh season on MTV India. It’s a ‘hunt for love’ show where boys and girls compete in tasks to stay in the competition and mingle with the contestants to find love. In the end, a boy and a girl are crowned winners.

Shinde said that one can also judge the reputation of the show from the fact that pornography star Sunny Leone has launched it this year. “This is a social and a national issue which needs to be taken seriously and tackled with.”

The HJS alleges that as per reports, this show ran into many controversies like sexual exploitation and racial slur.

“Our country is plagued with the problem of rape and sexual harassment of women and such programmes add fuel to fire,” added Shinde.