Fashion TV stripped off the air

Cabler yaked for violating Networks Regulation Act

LONDON — The Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has pulled the Fashion TV channel off the air until March 21 for violating the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act.

A ministry statement said the 10-day ban is because the French web aired a program in the early evening on Sept. 9 showing women topless. The visuals were found to be “obscene, denigrating women and not suitable for children and unrestricted public exhibition.”

This is not the first time that FTV has fallen foul of the ministry in conservative India.

It was banned for two months in 2007 after complaints that “Midnight Hot” featured semi-naked models.

The ministry rescinded the ban within a month after the channel apologized and promised to appoint a committee to vet program content.