BBC Censors Radio Show About Honor Killing
Author Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti is used to British censorship. In 2004, her play Behzti was stopped in Birmingham after the city's Sikh community protested against it.
Now, her script for the crime series DCI Stone in British Radio 4 has caught the public attention. The episode Heart of Darkness has the Detective Chief Inspector investigating the murder of a 16-year-old Asian girl. The case is difficult since it seems to be an honor killing and the Inspector gets the advice to approach it with care since the dead girl was a Muslim. But this statement wasn't problematic. Instead, a line at the end of the piece was since it suggested that the murder was induced by group pressure.
Kaur Bhatti had this to say at an anti-censorship conference:
Radio 4 defends the censorship:
The episode aired last Friday in its censored form in British radio.
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