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NHRC seeks police report on attack at Tamil channel

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued a notice to the Chennai police, asking it to submit a report on an alleged attack at a Tamil channel over the planned telecast of a controversial programme.

The NHRC has said in a statement that it had asked the Chennai Police Commissioner to direct an inquiry into the incident and submit a report within six weeks. The notice was issued after the NHRC took suo motu cognisance of media reports that the office of a Tamil news channel, ‘Purthiya Thalaimurai’, was attacked by persons opposed to the proposed telecast of a controversial show by it, debating the relevance of wearing the ‘Thaali’ or ‘Mangalsutra’ by women who were either tortured or abandoned by their husbands.

The protests reportedly started after some promos of the programme were shown on March 11. The protesters claimed that the programme was made to hurt religious sentiments in the name of the freedom of expression. According to reports, on March 15, protesters attacked a cameraman and broke his equipment outside the channel’s office.
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