The police received a case related to the sexual harassment of a child on MBC-TV’s “Marriage Hell.” The news has been trending in South Korea and has caused a huge public outcry.
On December 21, Iksan Police Station said in a phone call to Dispatch, “The case was filed by the Iksan Police Station’s Yeocheong Power Team regarding the ‘Marriage Hell’ today.”
The police believed that the contents of the broadcast were suspected of sexual abuse against children. The case will be transferred to the specific department that deals with such cases and it will be investigated.
“Marriage Hell” aired its 20th episode on December 19. It introduced the story of a remarried couple. The couple, who had been married for two years, was living with a 7-year-old child of the wife born in her previous marriage.
The problem with the broadcast was the husband’s behavior. In the scene of playing with her stepdaughter, the husband made excessive physical contact that the child did not want.
The child expressed strongly, “No,” and “Don’t do it.” However, the new father refused to let the child go because he found her reaction funny.
Viewers criticized the scene claiming it was child molestation. The production team, which broadcast the episode without editing the scene and not recognizing the problem, was also pointed out and heavily criticized.
Dr. Oh Eun Young also could not avoid criticism. Even though she is a doctor and an expert in providing solutions, she did not strongly point out this. She’s currently receiving a lot of backlash due to this.
Currently, the scene in question has been deleted from the OTT replay service. The MBC bulletin board was plastered with petitions to abolish “Marriage Hell.” MBC has since issued a public lengthy apology admitting they’ve made a huge mistake. MBC said,