Indian woman divorces over husband’s soap opera ban

During the semester we discussed in depth both the influence of the Western culture on the rest of the world, but also how much power the media has gained also in the political sphere. We analyzed cases in which a television program had a political and social impact, and actually made a difference by exposing the population to certain topics that were not discussed enough before.

On the other hand, in the story I found the situation presented is not entirely positive in my opinion. What happened was that in India a couple who had been married for over eight years divorced basically over the rights to watch a Soap Opera. Apparently, the husband was not allowing his wife to watch her favorite TV shows, and she considered the situation unfair. “From February 2005, the husband started picking up quarrels with the wife almost every day on the ground that she was seeing Hindi serials on TV channels”(BBC News). What is even more unreal was the response of the judge who stated that”not allowing the spouse to watch TV serials amounted to cruelty”(BBC News).

In the end the wife won and got the divorce and custody of their daughter who her husband is only allowed to see twice a week. Is this fair, since the only issue was a tv show? I believe it shows another side of media, and how it is affecting society, and not always in a good way.

Valeria Ciancia

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