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Negative psychological impact of impractical TV serials
It is becoming a practice in TV serials to portray scenes where law enforcing agencies are totally absent. This is creating a serious negative impact in the minds of adolescent illiterate audiences and the youngsters. The time has come to put an end to these types of damaging serials by introducing strong censorship.

Considering their impact on the innocent brains of village people and our next generation, I would like to draw attention of the concerned authorities to check the telecast of such absurd TV serials, wherein virtually no presence of law enforcement agencies is shown.

In one such serial, it was shown that the main protagonist got proved as an accused in an enacted killing and was finally given a death sentence by the court. The story goes that within four months the hero is hanged in the presence of witnesses, as ruled by the law. In India, never is a death sentence carried out without following proper procedures of moving from the lower court to the concerned High Court and then to the Supreme Court.

After the Honourable Supreme Court upholds the death sentence, the case moves to the President of India for a mercy petition. The hanging takes place only after the President rejects the mercy plea. The entire process takes at least 10 years or even more. 

In the serial, the hanging scene was shown elaborately with a lot of melodrama. No member of public was there at the hanging scene as witness. Neither was a doctor present for certifying the death of the accused nor was the cremation of the dead body under police protection shown.

After a lot of drama, to highlight the acting skills of the artists and camera work of the director, the hero comes back alive. Is it not a mockery of our judicial system? What impression does it leave on innocent adolescent minds and illiterate villagers?

In another serial, to dramatize the situation, a new born child is shown being lifted from a hospital followed by a lot of melodrama. Goons were shown beating up the husband. Again, law enforcement agencies are completely missing from the scene. 

Is it possible in modern times, where the police is highly vigilant? Will the police not conduct a proper search and questioning to know the whereabouts of the baby and the mother? Since, these things are not shown, the impression it leaves on the minds of the people is only negative.

In one scene, an artist is killed in accidental shooting inside a hospital. Is it even practically possible? Will the sound of gunfire not attract the attention of people and police personnel? As shown, the security in the hospital did not get alerted. Will showing such things on TV not encourage young people to turn criminals?

These are just two cases for example sake.

Simply writing a disclaimer saying that the TV serial is imaginary and fictional will not work as even most educated urban audience tend to ignore the fine print, let alone the illiterate masses. The result is that the audience consider the drama as real life incident.

Like this, more and more television serials are being telecast on almost every channel in India. Our innocent villagers take them as serious issues and quarrel among themselves as the incidents shown enter their sub conscious minds. New ideas of crime develop. As no legal intervention is shown, people begin to take the law for granted.

The time has come that researchers should step in to study the impact of such TV serials on society and give necessary advice to the Censer Board to stop showing these impractical soaps. The serials telecast should contribute to moral advancement of the society rather than creating criminals.

Through this article, I am appealing to all readers to join hands to stop these type of TV serials as they will wean away the virtues of our next generation, destroying their character, morality and provoking them to take recourse in immoral means to achieve their goals.

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