Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry has ordered two news channels to be taken off air for violating the provisions of provisions of Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995.
The two channels in questions are Assam’s DY 365 TV and Gujarat’s VTV.
According to the ministry headed by Smriti Irani, the Assam-based channel was accused of broadcasting a video in 2016 with newborn babies being tossed in the air following a local ritual. While the Gujarati channel was found to have broadcast a video of children being beaten in an orphanage in Egypt but presented as an incident in Gujarat.
DY 365 will be off air from 15 December (today) to 18 December, while VTV will be off air on 17 December. VTV has already gone off air as its Friday broadcast remained disrupted even on its website.
“The video meant to expose an extremely dangerous superstition allegedly prevalent in some parts of Assam where people believe that undergoing this ritual will keep the child safe. The visuals are extremely disturbing and not suitable for unrestricted public exhibition,” Hindustan Times quoted the ministry order regarding DY 365.