Since its debut on Geo TV in December, Tere Bin has captivated audiences worldwide with its compelling storyline and characters. However, episode 46 took a dark turn when Meerab, played by Yumna Zaidi, slapped Murtasim, played by Wahaj Ali, and spat on his face during an argument. In response, Murtasim grew furious and pushed Meerab onto the bed, suggesting that marital rape or assault would occur in the next episode.
The promo for the upcoming episode further fueled the controversy, depicting a distraught Meerab. Many
viewers took to social media, expressing their dismay and criticizing the show for insensitively handling such a sensitive subject. Despite Kadwani’s plea to reserve judgment until watching the episode, disappointed fans
demanded accountability from the creators, accusing them of using the topic as clickbait. Writer Nooran Makhdoom defended the drama, labeling it “just a drama” and suggesting viewers wait for the complete story to unfold. She also revealed that the controversial scene was not part of the original script but was modified during filming.
The backlash intensified when an old interview with actor Mawra Hocane resurfaced. In the interview, Hocane discussed her role in another drama, Qissa Meherbano Ka, which tackled the issue of marital rape sensitively and responsibly. She praised the producer, Momina Duraid, for taking immediate action when the issue was raised, leading to a rewrite of the script.
The real issue at hand is not whether Tere Bin includes a marital rape scene but rather the use and implication of such a sensitive topic. Creators and actors bear a responsibility to engage in responsible storytelling, considering the impact their content has on society. Portrayals of disturbing realities should be approached with care, sensitivity, and respect for survivors of sexual assault. It is crucial that the hero, often seen as the epitome of virtue, is not portrayed as a redeemable rapist.