Federal Ombudsperson orders to stop Drama Serial Dunk, issues notice to channel owner and producer

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Federal Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace on Tuesday directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to stop the drama serial Dunk, being telecasted at ARY Digital, to be aired till further orders of this forum.

Observing that the drama serial Dunk was against the spirit of women protection law, the Federal Ombudsperson summon in person the Chairman PEMRA, Head of ARY channel and Producer Fahad Mustafa.

Federal Ombudsperson also issued notices to them for their appearance on 15 January 2021. A two-page letter, signed by Federal Ombudsperson Kashmala Tariq, is sent chairman PEMRA wherein she expressed reservations on the drama serial in which alleged misuse of laws regarding sexual harassment was shown.

The letter stated that in the impression appears to have been promoted that women folk lodge false sexual harassment cases against men generally.

Kashmala Tariq in the letter said she genuinely believes that airing such a Drama Serial is against the spirit of the Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2010 which has been promulgated for protection of women at the workplace by the government of Pakistan.

She added that we as a society have to make efforts to abolish the concept of orthodox independence and create a real independent environment, adding that we strive to eliminate and curb the vestiges of harassment in Pakistan and our office embarks upon a path to change.

“It is a matter of common sense that a lady would not ruin her dignity, modesty and respect by making such a false complaint just to defame a person or colleague.” “Electronic Media, with its wide access to the public, is considered to be a tool of opinion-making and channelizing thought processes of masses for their positive contribution to the state development and progress but the content like ‘DUNK’ would potentially be damaging the cause as more than 50% of the population composes of women; consequently, discouraging the working women specifically and womenfolk in general.”

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