Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty faced racial abuse in UK’s Channel 4 reality TV show, Celebrity Big Brother.
Shilpa had joined the group of nine international celebrities in the reality show. During the show, some of the participants verbally abused Shilpa Shetty on her Indian sub-continent origin. Indian media continuously showed visuals of Shilpa as weeping during the show.
Later, viewers started sending complains the UK independent media regulator, Ofcom about the racist remarks against the Indian actor.
Shilpa Shetty, who is reportedly getting Rs 3 crore for her appearance on the show, was called as ‘Paki’, ‘dog’ and ‘that Indian’ on the show. These comments drove herself to tears.
The matter have turned political also as Labour MP Keith Vaz tabled an early day motion in the British House of Commons. He demanded for probe into the alleged comments made to the Indian actor during the show.
Vaz said that Leicester’s East constituency members contacted him about alleged racism attempted on the show.
Now, the Indian Government has also raised its concern over the matter. The Information and Broadcasting Minister, Priyaranjan Dasmunsi has, reportedly, written a letter the Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee to look into the matter.
Dasmunsi said that
the foreign ministry should raise the issue with the UK government.
He also asked Mukherjee to talk to Indian High Commissioner in UK to provide the factual details.
He said that
the Indian Government is not accountable on the Shilpa Shetty issue as it is an arrangement with an individual, but the Government is committed against racism.
The world knows that India has throughout firmly rejected all forms of discrimination and racism.