It seems like "ban" is the new popular word in India. From the beef ban in Maharashta to the banning of Hollywood film "Fifty Shades of Grey" and the Leslie Udwin's documentary on Nirbhaya, the country has had its fill on bans this week.
Soon after President Pranab Mukherjee gave his nod to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill by banning beef in the state on Monday, 2 March, #beefban became the talk of the town. Many celebs and socialites expressed their opinion on the matter.
The law states that anyone found selling, possessing or consuming beef, will be jailed for five years and fined ₹10,000.
I'm vegetarian, so this #BeefBan doesnt affect me personally. But freedom of choice is important, in a country where more than 30% eat beef!
My only take on beef issue that it should not be enforced,it should be optional... To eat or not to eat,is a personal choice..
"Dum Laga Ke Haisha" Ban
Apart from banning 28 swear words from films, Indian Central Board of Film Certification asked the makers of Ayushmann Khurrana's "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" to mute the word 'Lesbian' along with ghanta, haramipana, haram ke pille and haramkhor.
Proud of the censor board. In Dum laga ke haisha they muted the word "Lesbian" and replaced Haramkhor with Kathor. pic.twitter.com/I2PjV4ZInU
— Scotchy Maharaj (@scotchism) March 3, 2015
"Dirty Politics" Ban
On Tuesday, the Patna High Court banned the release of Mallika Sherawat starrer "Dirty Politics" due to the objectionable scenes in it. The petitioner had also mentioned that the lead actress has insulted India's national flag by draping it on her body. However, the ban was lifted on Wednesday after the makers submitted a written petition.
Nirbhaya Documentary Ban
The entire world was shocked after a 23-year-old medical student was brutally gang-raped on 16 December 2012 in a moving bus in New Delhi. To highlight the issue and the mindset of the people in the country, British director Leslee Udwin interviewed Mukesh Singh, one of the convicts of the gang-rape for the BBC documentary titled "India's Daughter".
The Indian government banned the documentary in the country and it became a hot topic for discussion. However, despite the ban, the video was uploaded on YouTube on Thursday, which many watched and shared on social media. However, following government's request, the video sharing website has now taken down the video.
Disturbed after watching #IndiasDaughter, But glad i watched it. This is India's shame, this is our shame, this is my shame-#DeathOfHumanity
Forget ban, #IndiasDaughter is must watch. Anyone who watches will understand devastation caused by regressive attitudes. Face it. Fix it.
"Fifty Shades of Grey" ban
To add to the list, Sam Taylor-Johnson's "Fifty Shades of Grey" was banned in Indian screens, even after the edited version was submitted to the censor board.
Apart from this, not so long ago, India had banned the controversial show "AIB roast", after criminal complaint was filed against the show hosts Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh for being 'abusive' and using filthy language. Following the controversies, the video was taken down from YouTube.
Check out a viral video on the matter below: