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TV serials flayed for portraying women in poor light

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Increase in crime rate due to television serials, says Superintendent of Police

NALGONDA: Serials and soap operas being telecast by Telugu channels came under fire "for portraying women as villains" at a meeting organised by the district police to mark the inauguration of "Help Desk" for women at the II town police station here on Tuesday.

Leading the attack, the fourth additional district judge, G.V.N.Bharatha Laxmi, said: "Nowadays I am afraid of tuning in to these channels because they show women in poor light and slowly pollute their minds. Don't encourage such programmes."

She observed that the "characters of all serials are women-based and intended to dub women as bad elements." Ms.Bharata Laxmi maintained that the TV channels "are turning out to be training centres for women to ill-treat their mothers-in-law and also to create bad blood among women."

Not only the women in the front row but also the Superintendent of Police, M.M.Bhagwat, appreciated the additional judge's sentiments on the issue. "It is true that crime rate has shot up due to the serials," he said.

The district judge, S.Ramakrishna Reddy, asked women to be careful while filing a case against their husbands. "Don't unnecessarily try to fix mother-in-law, father-in-law and husband's sister," he said adding that such hasty steps would make the cases beyond reconciliation. "When you send his mother and father behind bars, he will not come forward for a compromise," he said.

Women's squads

The SP announced that women's vigilance squads, with each consisting of seven members, would be formed by January 1 to come to the rescue of the women in distress. He advised women to file their complaint without any fear at the help desks.

The women's SI, Nirmala, in her report said that 73 out of 145 cases were settled through counselling in the last one year. Quoting writer Chalam, she called upon people to keep in mind that "woman also has feelings." The Collector, K.Vijayanand, said that family counselling centres being run by self-help groups under Indira Kranti Patham were trying to solve cases involving women amicably.

A majority of the speakers -- including the ZP chairperson, K.Laxmamma, municipal chairman P.Venkatanarayana Goud, senior citizen K.China Venkata Reddy and Ms.Bharata Laxmi -- opined that "male domination over women is continuing unabated in these modern times too."

K.Venkat Reddy, MLA, Joint Collector B.Sridhar, project director of the Women and Child Development, Sharada, and the ASP, K.Krishna Swamy, also spoke.

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