I am amazed at the tripe that is dished out in the name of serials (soap operas) through the Tamil TV Channels in India. Casual observation suggests that the audience is comprised mostly of women home-makers in particular. Most of these serials indulge in stereotypical portrayal of women as weak, dependent, regressive, and property-like. Professionally successful women must be manipulative or of loose morals. Progressive women are break-aways and rebels living dangerously on the fringes of the society.
Of all the serials that I got to familiarize myself with believe me, it doesn't take more than a few minutes for each one the worst was the one titled Kasturi, where the hero is bigamous. The legal wife, not only accepts this without much protest, but agrees to be his live-in maid. The fellow is a criminal under Section 494 of the Indian Penal Code:
Whoever, having a husband or wife living, marries in any case in which such marriage is void by reason of its taking place during the life of such husband or wife, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to seven years, and shall also be liable to fine.
Kasturi takes women back by a few millenniums to the days of the legendary Nalayini, who is supposed to have carried her leprosy stricken husband to a prostitute's house, in a demonstration of her loyalty and devotion.
If you are as mad at these serials, and worried about the mental health of the viewers, as I am, please take a few moments to read and sign this Petition against the Portrayal of Women in Tamil TV-Serials. Thank you.