Japanese robot cat Doraemon outlawed in India and Pakistan for 'corrupting kids'

Ban called on cartoon cat by politicians and activists in India and Pakistan

Doraemon (Getty)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Politicians and activists in India and Pakistan are campaigning for a ban on popular Japanese cartoon character Doraemon.

They claim the cartoon cat corrupts children, as it encourages children to misbehave both at school and at home, according to reports.

Malik Taimur, a member of the Pakistan-Tehreek-e-Insaaf party run by former cricketer Imran Khan, said that Punjab should ban 24-hour cartoon channels, singling out Doraemon, this summer.

Japan’s Nikkei business paper said the assembly in Pakistan's most populous province is due to discuss the resolution later this month.

The resolution has voiced its concerns that Doraemon is dubbed in Hindi rather than Urdu in Pakistan. The politicians claim this serves to "mar the purity of our language and distort our religious beliefs".

Doraemon first appeared in Manga almost 50 years ago, but the use of gadgets in the show has also been criticised. It is claimed it encourages children to depend on others instead of themselves.

Prominent Indian social activist Ashish Chaturvedi has also said the cartoon partly inspired an exam-fixing scandal in the state of Madhya Pradesh in 2013.