Pehredaar Piya Ki: Petition seeking to ban show garners 53,000 (and counting) signatures

FP Staff

Aug,10 2017 16:14:20 IST

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A petition seeking a ban on Sony Entertainment Television's latest show Pehredaar Piya Ki has been filed on www.change.orgThe show revolves around the relationship between 18-year-old Diya and Ratan, a boy of nine.

A still from Pehredaar Piya Ki. YouTube screengrab.

A still from Pehredaar Piya Ki. YouTube screengrab.

The makers of the show had earlier defended the show, terming the relationship between the protagonists a 'rare friendship'. However, as the show progressed, it was felt that it continued to depict several regressive and disturbing developments.

The petition has now crossed the 53,000 mark as per According to the information provided on the website, the petition will be delivered to Union minister Smriti Irani.

The petitioner claims that the show could affect children by unnecessarily romanticising the relationship between a kid and an adult. It also denounces instances of adult romance depicted in some episodes (sindoor filling, suhag-raat and honeymoon references).

The show has been criticised by a lot of people since its premiere. TV actor Karan Wahi was among the first celebrities to tell the makers that nothing is cute about the show. Here's his post:

Replying to Wahi's comment, Suyyash Rai, one of the lead actors of the show had advised the viewers to "not jump to conclusions" and give the show some time. Here's his post:

Pehredaar Piya Ki ❤️ ❤️ @tejasswiprakash baby smile :) plz ❤️ Guys watever @imkaranwahi said its his pov no1 can question him neither me nor you guys. But this doesnt change the fact that WE the whole team of #PPK we love this show and we all have worked really hard for it and we still are andddd we will ❤️ our motive is to entertain you guys not promote child marriage or anything. This show is different , plz dont judge it and jump onto conclusions 🙏🏻 If a channel like @sonytvofficial has approved the show they must have thought something right ??? Even d producers must have thought a lot before making this and investing soo much money 🙏🏻 its my req to all,plz watch it first and then decide :) maybe m wrong MAYBE :) but lets wait n then decide. Love to all ❤️❤️ n thanku for sucha good response for the frst epi .❤️ @tejasswiprakash baby smile :) plz ❤️

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Updated Date: Aug 10, 2017 16:54 PM