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HC tells govt to reply to PIL against AIB comedy show

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked the Centre, Maharashtra government and I&B Ministry to respond to a petition seeking action against organisers of All India Bakchod (AIB), a roast show, held here on December 20 last year in which allegedly obscene and vulgar words were used by participants and women’s dignity was tarnished.

Hearing a public interest litigation, a bench, headed by Justice V M Kanade, asked the authorities to file their reply before March 3 when the matter would be heard again. The court also allowed AIB to intervene and reply to the allegations made in the PIL.

The PIL filed by Dr Sharmila Ghuge, a social activist and law college faculty member, alleged that the show was viewed by more than ten million people after it was telecast on video sharing website YouTube on January 28. The show featured actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh and producer-director Karan Johar. The petitioner said that the show featured a galaxy of film stars and participants allegedly used obscene words and shared indecent jokes, “which was extremely offensive not only to the dignity of women but also to the basic values cherished in our country.”

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