Doraemon Anime Series could be banned in Pakistan. Pakistan’s Punjab Assembly received a resolution from the members of the Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. The group had submitted a resolution to prevent the dubbing of the Japanese anime Doraemon into Hindi.
According to PTI member Malik Taimoor Masood, the reason they are proposing the ban is due to their belief that cable networks bring a negative impact to children, particularly when they opt to air shows like the Japanese anime Doraemon.
Doraemon is not the only thing that PTI wants to be banned. The group also asked the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to ban 24-hour cartoon channels. They claim that these channels affect the educational and physical well-being of kids in a negative way. There is a huge tendency for children to be exposed with these shows without supervision from their parents or adults.
The proposal has been submitted. It could be expected that this is going to be the next huge topic during the next Punjab Assembly session.
This is not the first time that Doraemon has been condemned for its negative effects to children. Ashish Chaturvedi, whistleblower of country’s Vyapam education scam, also noticed that the Hindi- and English-dubbed versions of Doraemon carry an adverse impact on kids. He also pointed out to another anime, Crayon Shin-chan, as another show that is not beneficial to the wellbeing of children.
Legal notice on parties involved has already been served by Chaturvedi. These parties include Disney India and the Indian broadcasting foundation. Apart from this, reports claim that he may also file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL).
Chaturvedi shared an instance when he saw a kid imitating Nobita from Doraemon. Just like him, the kid keeps on hoping for miracles to happen and also persists on asking for the latest gadgets. His parents admitted that he is a true-blue Doraemon addict which left Chaturvedi totally shocked.