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Are television channels overstepping the limits of good taste?

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October 07, 2005 09:58 IST

It was a first for Indian television all right.

Just when one thought one had seen it all -- from slush money changing hands, to hidden cameras in the bedroom -- on Indian television, came the attack on former information and broadcasting Ravi Shankar Prasad.

But what followed as part of the television channels' coverage surely could not have been what the viewer would have anticipated.

As Bharatiya Janata Party activists went berserk near lynching the assailant who shot at Prasad, news channels blithely telecast the macabre scenes of mob fury. Scenes guaranteed to churn one's stomach.

There was no warning that the images could offend sensibilities, nor was there an advisory for the young and weak-hearted. Some self-regulation could surely have helped.

Do you think the television networks should have shown those scenes unedited? What can the media do by way of keeping within viewer sensibilities?

Tell us.