Pakistan Women Addicted To TV Soaps Suffer From Psychological Problems

by VR Sreeraman on  December 14, 2008 at 11:52 AM Mental Health News
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Pakistan Women Addicted To TV Soaps Suffer From Psychological Problems
Women in Pakistan, who are addicted to TV soap operas, mostly produced in India, are found to have high incidence of psychological problems.

TV soaps, like Kyon Key Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi, Koi Apna Sa, Saans, Sanskriti, Shagun, Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki, Desh Mein Nikla HoGa Chand, have been so popular among Pakistani women that girls, housewives and elderly women alike are virtually addicted to them.

Women, who are mostly confined to their homes, keep waiting for them, and when they are on air, abandon work, glue to the screens and won't like to be disturbed. In fact, the lengthy episodes are followed by detailed discussions on storyline, characters, dresses and speculative talk on what will happen next.

"Soap operas are very close to life and help women understand their problems, especially after marriage, and how to handle them. I've little time to watch TV, as I spend a lot of time out due to job but I never miss them," The Daily Times quoted Salima Khan, a schoolteacher, as saying.

For her, the soaps offer some very thought-provoking messages besides entertainment, and women could easily associate themselves with the soap characters for their being present around them.

But, taking a close look will reveal that mostly the episodes show a woman's victimization by another woman or women. Woman is shown making compromises and sacrifices for the family instead of rejecting injustices, both by in-laws and husband. And even she defies, she forgets the injustice done to her soon and patches up with the rivals.

Many women in the soaps are shown as a devil, which breaks families by playing dirty politics and in-house intrigues. The mother-in-law and sister-in-law mostly play the part of villain.

But the popularity is so much that Zarmeen Shahzadi, a housewife and a TC soap opera addict, even watched them during a ban on them a few years ago using VCD/DVD or Internet.

However, Naseema, a journalist, is of opinion that soap dramas are nothing more than family feuds and present issues and challenges faced by women in a negative manner and play with the emotions of emotionally weak women.

A workingwoman, Hameeda, said these soaps were for women who're work-shy and intriguers. She said soaps promoted violence against women, Indian traditions, norms and values etc.

However, there's a flip side to this growing popularity of soap operas with women. Psychologists report high incidence of psychological problems among women watching TV soaps.

On average, I attend to 10 to 15 women daily and many of them suffer from tension, anxiety and suspiciousness caused by Indian soap operas," said Dr Fawad Faisal of Shifa International Hospital Psychology Department.

Source: ANI

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I am Female, 25 yrs old and still un-married. I’ve no such issues of complexes, anxiety or what ever, but a problem to choose a life partner... I have freedom and rights to choose things for me…. but I could not do so till now. I am worried about my marriage... I Want to get marry as soon as possible.....but what can I do for my self as I am not very social and confined to Hostel only..


i want to say that a healthy mind is very important for progressive society.specially women are more near to psychological problems.if any person is worried about any problem.he/she can write me his problem for free postal address is 79 nasir abad west chenab nagar pakistan

It is actually very true that the message these women oriented serials giving is unhealthy. They glorify the women's age old practice of being silent victims of oppression, tyranny and injustice. There has been dearth of tv serials like udaan, rajni etc which taught women to voice their thoughts, stand against iniquity and think of life outside the walls of their houses.

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