|Pakistan condom ad could not see trouble coming
Pakistan's media regulator pulled the plug on a condom commercial starring a female star today, calling it “immoral,’’ after public complaints.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) wrote to broadcasters ordering them to take the advert for Josh condoms off air immediately, AFP.
The 50-second spot stars Pakistani model and actress Mathira as a newlywed bride who makes a neighboring couple jealous by pampering her husband, AFP reports.
Finally the neighbor asks the rather nerdy-looking husband how he keeps his glamorous wife so sweet and he replies: “Bring Josh into your life.''
PEMRA spokesman Fakhar-ud-Din Mughal said the watchdog's letter pointed out that the advertisement was generally being seen as “indecent, immoral and in sheer disregard to our socio-cultural and religious values.''
“Airing of such immoral advertisement on Pakistani channels and that too in the holy month of Ramadan warrants serious action,'' he said.
According to the United Nations a third of Pakistanis have no access to birth control and its 180 million population is growing by more than 2 percent a year.
Around a third of Pakistanis who want birth control have no access to it, according to UN and government statistics.
Josh condoms are marketed in Pakistan by DKT International, a US-based non-profit organization that works to promote family planning and HIV/AIDS prevention in the developing world.