Published On: Wed, Aug 3rd, 2016

PTI wants Pemra to ban Japanese cartoon ‘Doraemon’


PTI wants Pemra to ban Japanese cartoon ‘Doraemon’

LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf on Wednesday submitted a resolution in the Punjab Assembly calling for a ban on popular Japanese anime series ‘Doraemon’.

According to reports, PTI legislator Malik Taimoor Masood urged Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to ban the show from going on air or restrict its air time because the content of the cartoon leaves a “negative impact on children”.

The resolution will be discussed in the next session of the provincial assembly.

Doraemon is a Japanese manga and anime series, dubbed in Hindi for audience in Pakistan and India. The plot revolves around a robotic cat named Doraemon and a young boy Nobita.

Madhya Pradesh: Vyapam scambuster blows whistle on ‘violent’ Doraemon

BHOPAL: Ashish Chaturvedi, the whistleblower of country’s biggest education scam, Vyapam is now crusading against two of the world’s most famous Japanese cartoon characters- Doraemon and Shin Chan.

He feels that the adverse psychological impacts of the two Hindi and English dubbed ‘violent’ cartoons are grappling a whole generation of kids across India and the world, which is more dangerous than Vyapam scam.

Angry Chaturvedi has served legal notices on Disney India, Hungama TV, Indian broadcasting foundation, union ministry of information and broadcasting, union ministry of women and child development and principal secretary, women and development ministry, Madhya Pradesh. Notice has also been sent to Mc Donald for offering Doraemon toys.

Chaturvedi is all set to file PIL seeking a ban on their telecast armed with several medial reports highlighting mental abuse and other serious adverse impact of these cartoons on kids.

“When I saw a young boy imitating ‘Nobita Nobi’ (the main character of Doraemon) I clapped for him. But, I was completely shocked when his parents said that he was so addicted to Doraemon and they have not been able to get him out of ‘Nobita’ he was aping. He keeps asking for gadgets or hoping for a miracle to happen, just like Nobita,” says Chaturvedi citing it as major a reason behind battle against telecast of Japanese and Chinese cartoons in India.

“Cartoon like Tom and Jerry that we have grown up watching is fine. I am sure there is a huge money game involved prompting Indian regulatory authorities to sit on thousands of complaints they receive every day,” he said adding Nobita is usually uncoordinated, weak, foolish, frail, childish and bad at sports.

“Vyapam is restricted to two or three states but of the 36 million kids watching cartoons in India every week, more than half watch Doraemon and Shin Chan. So, which is more dangerous Vyapam or Doremon? “asks Chaturvedi.

Legal notices from Chaturvedi’s has been served by a Gwalior based high court advocate Sonali Suryavanshi.

“In one of the episodes of Doraemon, children were requesting Nobita’s father to make smoke rings from a lit cigarette/cigar, which is highly objectionable and needless to mention, in appropriate content to be aired for children. This has further led to children requesting their parents to do unwanted things or emulate them,” said Sonali.

She said Indian broadcasting foundation had received a complaint on the ‘smoke ring’ issue in 2015 but they closed it saying “BCCC directed the channel to be cautious, refrain from showing scenes of smoking and air a warning during any such depiction. The complaint was disposed of”.

“Just an advisory is not going to help it. Instead of opting for deletion of such scenes that are inappropriate for children, regulatory body simply closed the complaint,” said Sonali.

Shin Chan, the naughty five-year-old protagonist is no less. He makes life of his parents miserable.

 Point number 5 in the legal notice reads, “Shin Chan makes fun of his homemaker mother. He makes fun of her weight and also calls her “bacche churane wali moti budhiya” though she is not fat or old. Furthermore, Shin Chan is often seeing flirting with girls and making remarks addressed to them which is inappropriate and unsuitable for children to learn and/or watch, says the lawyer.
Ministry of information and broadcasting had banned Shin Chan cartoon series in the year 2008 on the grounds of undesirability of its content, reads the notice asking respondents to take appropriate steps to ban and stop airing of the said objectionable captioned cartoons on Indian channels within 15 days.

Created by manga artist Fujiko F Fujio, Doraemon revolves around a robotic cat. Shin Chan is also a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshito Usui which follows the adventures of the five-year-old Shinnosuke “Shin” who makes life of his parents miserable.

India had banned Shin Chan cartoon series on grounds of undesirability of its content in 2008. The then information and broadcasting ministry believed that parents were worried about the unruly comments and acts shown on the cartoon show. Bangladesh too had banned Hindi-dubbed version of Doraemon in 2013. Indonesian regulators, had in 2014 declared some of the Shin Chan antics as “borderline pornography” while warning broadcasters to censor images of his bare buttocks and scantily clad women among other indecorous scenes. Some other international groups are calling for the deletion of certain Doraemon episodes, saying that it promotes schoolyard bullying.

News Source Times of India & Samaa

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology