Netflix India has received a complaint against a short film in the 2020 anthology, Ghost Stories directed by Anurag Kashyap.
This is one of the very first examples of objection registered after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting formulated the Information Technology Rules 2021 that is Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code.
According to reports, the complainant has raised an objection to a scene in the short film where Sobhita Dhulipala's character eats a foetus after suffering a miscarriage.
The complainant said,“The scene is not required for the story, and if the creators wished to add such a scene, there should have been a trigger warning for women who have gone through the trauma of miscarriages.”
Before the formulation of the Rules, digital news media was widely unregulated and the introduction of the new laws is seen by many as an effort to moderate and impose restrictions on digital creators.
Anurag wrote in an Instagram Story that "So it has started... A complaint came to Netflix on Ghost Stories. This is the end," which is no longer visible on his profile but was viewed by MediaNama .
An anthology film, Ghost Stories that also features short films from directors Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar and was released on New Year's day in 2020. It was a follow up to the makers of 2018 anthology Lust Stories.