The Police Summon Bigg-Boss-Oviya for Suicide Attempt Investigation, and the Madras High Court Intervenes. Big-Boss-Oviya's Suicide attempt was telecast on TV to garner TRP ratings for the reality TV show by the channel, the petitioner claimed.
Popular contestant Oviya of Bigg Boss, who recently exited the show on medical grounds, has been called for questioning by the Nazarathpet police in relation to her alleged suicide attempt on the show.
The controversial show is hosted by actor Kamal Haasan. Petitioner Saravanan who filed the complaint said that the show’s participants had to stay cooped inside a closed compound for 100 days and had to take the permission of the producers to leave the compound.
He alleged that on August 4, Vijay TV had shown visuals of Oviya trying to commit suicide by drowning herself in a pool inside the Bigg Boss house, the report says.
The complainant has asked the police to launch an inquiry into her alleged suicide attempt.
He further alleged that Oviya’s suicide bid was brought on by depression as a result of activities forced on her by the reality TV show, the producers and the Vijay TV.
Oviya's suicide attempt was telecast on TV to garner TRP ratings for the show and the channel, he also claimed.
“We have recorded the complaint in the Community Social Register (CSR). We spoke to Oviya’s personal secretary, who denied that Oviya attempted suicide,” Nazarathpet police Inspector Jaichandran said.
In the Meanwhile, the Madras High Court has sought details of the mechanism available under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for monitoring such issues.
Responding to the PIL filed by Saravanan, the first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar directed the assistant solicitor general representing the Centre to specify what mechanism is available.
The petitioner has called for the show to be stopped immediately on the grounds of protecting Tamil culture and in the interests of the general public.
The matter has been posted for the next hearing on August 18, 2017.