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Dateline: Sex, Lies and Soap Operas
Sex, Lies and Soap Operas
SBS  |  October 10, 2017
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We go behind the scenes of controversial Indian shows which are breaking down cultural barriers by tackling on some of the country's biggest taboos. Can entertainment change traditional attitudes and bring about gender equality? India is alongside the world's top economies, but not long ago it was labelled the worst in which to be a female. Many women are victim to marital rape, acid attacks and forced child marriages, and face educational disadvantages and a steep gender pay gap. These issues are known, though rarely discussed in popular culture. But this might be changing. In this week's Dateline, we meet the producers and writers who are trying to fight entrenched cultural norms through unconventional storylines.

We go behind the scenes of controversial Indian shows which are breaking down cultural barriers by tackling on some of the country's biggest taboos. Can entertainment change traditional attitudes and bring about gender equality? India is alongside the world's top economies, but not long ago it was labelled the worst in which to be a female. Many women are victim to marital rape, acid attacks and forced child marriages, and face educational disadvantages and a steep gender pay gap. These issues are known, though rarely discussed in popular culture. But this might be changing. In this week's Dateline, we meet the producers and writers who are trying to fight entrenched cultural norms through unconventional storylines.

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