During a radio programme on BBC Asian Network, the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi ands 99-year-old mother Hiraben were subjected to most despicable expletives by a caller. Since then Boycott BBC hashtag has taken twitter by storm.
The programme was aired on March 1 by anchor Priya Rai on BBC Sounds. It was an episode of British soap opera “Eastenders.” In the show, the “Sikh turban” was referred to as crown. BBC wanted to know from Sikh callers if they felt proud at such a reference.
A notorious caller, by the name of Simon, joined the programme and abused PM Modi and his aged mother. “Modi di maa di p*udi vich latt (will put a leg in Modi’s mother’s vagina),” said the abusive caller.
The BCC network edited and later said in a statement: “This programme has been edited since the broadcast.” At 1 hour 32 minutes in the programme, the host Piya Rai issued a weak apology, “Before we carry on though, we would like to apologise for some of the offensive language used by the guest on the show earlier. It’s a live show and we discuss controversial issues often. There was no reason for the type of language that was used and I would like to say sorry again for any offence that was caused.”