Pehredaar Piya Ki is back in news. It has been in news for its story of a nine-year-old boy getting married to an eighteen-year-old girl. The show brings to the audience a never-seen-before story. Even the marriage is not for love nor any compromise, but only because the girl has promised the boy’s dying father to be his lifelong pehredaar (protector).
And in the recent episodes, the couple having a ‘suhag raat’ and even enjoying a honeymoon have caused a public outcry and a petition has been filed demanding a ban on the show.
The online petition which has been described as “obnoxious and perverted” content that can “severely impact impressionable minds of children” is filed by a woman named Mansi Jain. Addressed to the I & B Minister Smriti Irani, it states, “Pehredar piya ki. A 10-year-old impressionable little kid(“piyaa”) caressing and stalking a lady who’s more than double his age and filling sindoor in her “maang” is being telecasted at prime time 8:30 pm on Sony. (Family time) It is to be devoured by the entire Nation. Imagine the kind of influence it will steadily and perpetually infuse in the viewer’s mindset. We want a ban on the serial. We do not want our kids to be influenced by such TV serials. Join us in signing the petition to ban this serial (sic).” It has already received 51000 supporters by Thursday 4 pm.
According to the sources Tejaswi, the actress told IANS in an interview over the phone from Mumbai: “I think it’s really progressive. But again, a lot of people believe in judging a book by its cover… They love being judgmental and people have nothing better to do than judging somebody else’s work. Then okay, what can I do?”
The show has been facing backlash ever since the promo hit the tube. And now with the two embarking on a new journey, things seemed to have gone overboard. The team of Pehredaar Piya Ki though is unmoved by the act as they believe that their show is not what people are assuming it to be.
By: Simran Dhingra