There can be no second opinion on the influence of visual medium on the lives and thought processes of individuals. The stronger ones will know to sift things whereas the gullible minds are the ones who are seriously affected by TV and cinema. We also hear cases where people learn to commit crimes seeing TV serials or cinema. There are numerous cases of extra marital affairs that lead to murder, assault and other crimes. The Madras High Court on Wednesday, the 7th March, observed that extra-marital relationships have become a "dangerous social evil" contributing to various crimes and sought details from the Central and the Tamil Nadu governments on such cases registered in the last 10 years.
The presiding bench made the observation while quashing the detention order of an accused in a murder case resulting from an illicit affair here in 2017. The bench also posed a series of questions 20 in number, including whether mega television serials and cinema were a major reason for the increase in extra-marital relationships that led to heinous crimes that include ghastly murders, assaults and kidnappings. In these cases the crimes are either committed by the husband or the wife or the paramour. The bench felt that social media usage has also added up to these crimes.
Sources say, “It is indeed true that crimes have been on the rise and especially the ones that are committed because of affairs. Cinema and TV serials help these perpetrators to go about these crimes”. The bench posted the matter for further hearing to the third week of June.