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Government puts the foot down on rape scenes in films

  • Published at 05:57 pm April 3rd, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:12 pm April 3rd, 2017
Government puts the foot down on rape scenes in films
A Bangladesh government policy draft on Monday put a bar on screening rape scenes in any motion pictures. The Cabinet Division approved the 2017 National Film Policy draft at meeting on Monday morning which looks to set a number of guidelines in filmmaking in Bangladesh. Among enforcing copyright laws and intellectual property, a key segment of the policy is to ensure no rape scenes are included in any films, reports BSS. Cabinet Division Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said the 2017 National Film Policy aims to promote healthy filmmaking that embodies the spirit of the Liberation War and the culture of Bangladesh. He also said the policy is strongly against rape and proposes that no rape scenes can be shown on screen. In addition, any violence towards women or children, or any act of segregation towards them which may encourage imitation will have to be shunned from films. Secretary Shafiul added that films will also have to get rid of scenes which show how crimes are committed, in case they inspire criminals in real life. Furthermore, the policy will remove the concept of censorship, regarding which the secretary said: “The word censorship has a negative connotation. We are going to move away from the censorhip and implement a ratings-based certification system.”