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- Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s episode of DCI Stone is to be broadcast on Radio 4
- Dialogue linked to honour killing removed in ‘betrayal’ because of ‘fear-ridden culture’, she says
- BBC admit cutting words ‘potentially misrepresenting majority British Muslim attitudes to honour killing’
- She received death threats after her 2004 play Behzti offended Sikhs
PUBLISHED: 15:59 GMT, 30 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:28 GMT, 30 January 2013
Row: Playwright Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti has accused the BBC of ‘extraordinary’ censorship after they cut dialogue from her Radio 4 production in case it offended Muslims
The BBC has been accused of ‘extraordinary’ censorship by a leading playwright after she had dialogue cut from her hard-hitting drama because it could have offended Muslims.
Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, whose 2004 production Behzti was pulled from a Birmingham theatre after it sparked Sikh protests, has accused the Corporation of tampering with her work because it involved an honour killing.
Ms Bhatti’s drama The Heart of Darkness will be played on Radio 4 this Friday as part of its popular DCI Stone series, but she says the BBC has caused an ‘awful situation’ which has led to a ‘betrayal’ of her work.
At the centre of her story is the honour killing of a 16-year-old Asian girl, and DCI Stone is told by his bosses to treat the case ‘sensitively’ because she is Muslim.
Although they have admitted removing dialogue from its afternoon drama, the BBC claims they did it to avoid ‘potentially misrepresenting majority British Muslim attitudes to honour killing’.