Netflix India now has to address a complaint filed against a certain scene in Anurag Kashyap’s short film in Ghost Stories.

The complaint, filed earlier this week, is among the very first grievances to be registered after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting formulated the Information Technology (Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021 in February. 

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The scene in question had Sobhita Dhulipala’s character consuming a foetus after suffering a miscarriage.

According to Mid-Day, 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.”

“As this was a partner-managed production [RSVP Movies and Flying Unicorn Entertainment], we reached out to the production company to share the complaint,” said a Netflix spokesperson.

According to the report, complaints must be registered within 24 hours, and addressed at the earliest.

According to the rules, social media platforms and streaming services need to have a redressal mechanism in place to address viewers’ grievances. Many condemned the rules as an attack against freedom of expression and artistic freedom. Before the notification of the rules, digital news media was widely unregulated. The introduction of the new laws is seen by many as an effort to moderate and impose restrictions on digital creators.

“So, it has started… A complaint came to Netflix on Ghost Stories. This is the end,” wrote Kashyap in an Instagram Story that is no longer visible on his profile.

Ghost Stories released on New Year’s Day, 2020. Apart from Anurag Kashyap, it also featured short films helmed by Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, and Zoya Akhtar. The filmmakers had earlier collaborated on an anthology of another genre, Lust Stories.

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