Representation of Psychological Violence against Women in TV Dramas: Perception of Young Females

Nadia Saleem, Saba Sadiq, Kausar Parveen


In the current era, the strong impact of TV cannot be denied. Despite the cyber revolution, television is still an influential medium to update, educate, regale and create awareness. Among the most watched programs on television in Pakistan today are the ‘dramas.’ This meticulous genre has the ability and conviction to rear a question against the problems of society. In this context, the TV Channels of Pakistan has produced remarkable finest dramas which depicted a clear reflection of our society’s evils and taboos in heart touching way. From the last decade there has been a shift in the theme, production and picturization of TV drama. Women are critical to almost each and every story of the dramas. Our majority dramas are focusing on the psychological violence against women either they are in the progressive characters or in repressive roles. TV Dramas advocate, whether subtly or forcefully, and it definitely affects how the audience thinks. Psychological violence in TV Dramas affect person’s psychological strength like it affects behavior directly through the content shown in these dramas. Females are the main viewers of these dramas so they usually make their assumptions towards reality by watching these dramas. The research study is aimed at analyzing the perceptions of young females regarding psychological violence against women by watching in the TV dramas. For this purpose survey analysis has been conducted from the female drama viewers. The statistical test Chi Square has been used to analyze the data. The results of the study prove that females are watching these dramas with interest but influenced from the psychological violence against women in the form depression and fears for future life. Moreover, the study proves that the Pakistani dramas are losing dignity of women in their content.

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