‘Eastenders’ shows Muslim eating during Ramadan, causes controversy

October 3rd, 2008 - 2:11 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 3 (IANS) British TV show “Eastenders” has stirred controversy by showing a Muslim character eating during Ramadan. The character Masood Ahmed, played by Nitin Ganatra, was seen eating a chapatti in his shop. The BBC has about 107 complaints from viewers who found it offensive to Muslim values.

During Ramadan, which ended earlier this week, Muslims are not meant to eat or drink between sunrise and sunset.

Dailymail.co.uk reports that the show’s producers claimed it was meant to depict the character’s “fallibility” but it seems to have backfired with a number of the soap’s loyal viewers.

After the controversy BBC has been forced to issue a statement saying it did not mean to cause any offence by the storyline.

“Although Masood is a practising Muslim he is not intended to be representative of the British Muslim experience. He’s a fictional character with flaws who realises he has let himself down in a moment of weakness,” a BBC spokesperson said.

The soap showed the character being repentant for what he had done.

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