Her suicide attempt was telecast on TV to garner TRP ratings for the show and the channel, the petitioner also claimed.

Bigg Boss Tamil Cops summon Oviya for suicide attempt probe Madras HC intervenes
news Controversy Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 09:28

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, as per a report in The Hindu. 

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 show’s host Kamal Haasan, the producers and Vijay TV. 

Her 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 she attempted suicide,” Nazarathpet police Inspector Jaichandran told The Hindu.

Meanwhile, the Madras High Court has sought details of the mechanism available under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for monitoring such issues, as per a Times of India report

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 next hearing on August 18, 2017.  

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