Netflix show faces backlash in India over interfaith kiss

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Netflix has been accused of streaming offensive content in India over a scene in the series “A Suitable Boy” that features a kiss between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man.

The controversial scene has been reported to police by local lawmakers who claim the interfaith relationship depicted in the show stokes religious tensions, CNN reported.

Narottam Mishra, the minister of home affairs in the government of Madhya Pradesh state, said Saturday that he had “asked the police to examine this controversial content.”

“This has extremely objectionable content which hurts the sentiments of people of a particular religion,” Mishra wrote on Twitter.

“I have requested authorities to examine why, and with what intentions this program and this theme has been restarted on [streaming] platforms.”

Gaurav Tiwari, who is a Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party youth leader, said he also filed a separate complaint against Netflix’s vice president of content in India and its director of public policy over the series, CNN reported.

He claimed that the streaming giant committed “deliberate or malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings” — an offense that carries a prison sentence of up to three years, a fine, or both, CNN reported.

Netflix has declined to comment to the outlet.

A scene from "A Suitable Boy" on Netflix.
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The controversy surrounding the show, which was adapted from a BBC production, sparked the hashtag #BoycottNetflix” to trend in India on Twitter Sunday, CNN reported.

The calls for a boycott also comes after an Indian jewelry brand pulled an ad last month that depicted a Muslim family with their Hindu daughter-in-law after facing backlash.


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