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Why The Bbc Banned This Shocking Punjabi Music Video


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The BBC Asian Network has been forced to take a Punjabi song off air and remove it from the charts after complaints from listeners.

Sucha Soorma, a new song by the Punjabi singer Kulwinder Billa, came under criticism for glorying so-called 'honour killings'.

The song is based on Sucha Singh, a Punjabi folk tale of a man who killed his sister-in-law for having an affair. He also murders her lover. The music video shows both murders in graphic form.

It reached No. 17 in digital radio station's Official Asian Download Chart while being played on air, before it was alerted of its graphic content by the Daily Mirrornewspaper.


Campaigner Jasvinder Sanghera, who runs the charity Karma Nirvana said: "This song reinforces the consequence of not only significant harm but death, it reinforces the message that you can be killed for bringing such shame."

"Victims will watch this and be further silenced and perpetrators and those with like minds that uphold honour systems will praise it."

BBC bosses admitted the song was "inappropriate". BenditTV has also chosen not to embed the song here to avoid giving it more publicity.

What do you think? Was the BBC right to ban it?

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