After the news of local TV channel, A-plus, announcing that they are making a telefilm about Zainab’s rape and murder case went viral, the social media has been a hot battleground. Though the telefilm was objected at exposing the role of media in sensationalizing the unfortunate event for the sake of ratings, people called out the channel for doing the exact same thing as well.
However, though the topics of similar nature have been addressed via drama serials in the past too, what stirred the controversy in this particular subject is that the poster had the little girl wearing the exact same clothes, that could possibly trigger the emotions. It is named ‘Zainab kay Qatil’ – which means even the names of the characters isn’t changed, hence it is disrespectful to the privacy of the individuals involved.
What was being guessed by the social media community is actually correct as Zainab’s father Amin Ansari has confirmed that permission wasn’t taken from him prior making the TVF and he will be suing the TV channel for doing so.
“The TV channel did not bother to seek my permission. I would not allow anyone to use the name of my daughter for one’s vested interest. I am going to sue the TV channel that has announced making a telefilm on Zainab,” – said Ansari while talking to Dawn News.
He also said that it challenges their dignity as after the telefilm people will assume he ‘sold’ Zainab’s name.
Amin also said that he will be suing a UK-based NGO for using and manipulating her name. He said that his daughter has nothing to do with the NGO and they’re only doing that to mint money.
“The UK-based NGO recently visited Kasur and did video recording in our locality. Its representatives visited the school of Zainab in the Munir Shaheed Colony as is shown in the video clip where they met the school administration, teachers and students.”
Amin said that just like the TV channel, the NGO didn’t bother taking permission from the family as well.
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