After Zainab rape and murder case, the debate regarding child sexual abuse has gained immense heat. Gradually people have started to talk about the factors that are likely to propagate this inhumane behavior, and media has repeatedly been repeatedly criticized for showing ‘inappropriate’ stuff is one of the contributing factors.
We can’t deny that media and social media platforms have provided every person access to the outside world, but at the same time, we cant turn our faces to the power they have to control one’s mind and perception.
Sexualisation of children in Sahir Lodhi’s show ‘’Aap Ka Sahir’’ has been actively criticized by people as well as media. Even prior to this, in season 1 of the dance show that features little kids dancing on item songs, for the most part, received notice from PEMRA as well for the inappropriate content.
However, the massive viewership it garnered ended up with it still gracing our television screens. The show faced aggressive backlash across social media, and people demanded straight up ban on the show.
Because Courts on the orders of Generals even let go the proven criminals of Boot Polish TV channels so @reportpemra can't do anything when Generals-Judges alliance is not letting any institution to perform due duties. To hell with #SahirLodhi. https://t.co/AX2XNaeOwJ
— A.R. Qureshi (@AZAD9984) January 16, 2018
Sahir Lodhi made girls less than 16 years of age dance and this is everything wrong with our media. Stop sexualizing little kids. He must be banned for introducing such culture pic.twitter.com/UarHDDTdUN
— Dr Farhan K Virk (@FarhanKVirk) January 13, 2018
— Mian Abrar (@mian_abrar) January 16, 2018
— Shahzaibsheikh (@shahzai11796326) January 17, 2018
— Deadpool Pakistani (@DeadpoolPak) January 15, 2018
Waqar Zaka's Trimmer should be used well at Made in China SRK #SahirLodhi, literally 😕
— Masood Mirza (@masood_619_) January 16, 2018
Neglecting the received hate and criticism at first, Sahir now decided to finally address it. Sahir has previously also called the vulgar dance steps as ‘encouraging talent’ and he still supports that notion. Sahir insisted that the show can serve people with weak financial backgrounds to advance with their talent. He brought one of the children who performed on his show to justify it as well. According to the story told, Sufiyan and his brother suffer from a medical condition that doesn’t allow them to physically grow.
He added that the treatment is expensive and lays beyond their affordable range, both brothers will use their talent to pave their way and be financially able to provide for their treatment.
We leave it to you to decide if it justifies these inappropriate programs or not. Apart from being a critique, we need to also review what we are preferring to watch as well. We watch it, give it ratings and media provide it for us.
To change it, we need to practically reject these programs as well along with the shallow promises we make.
What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments section below.