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Burqa-Clad Superhero Burka Avenger To Air In India

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NEW DELHI: A female cartoon superhero who dons a burqa to tackle crimes against girls and other social ills is bringing her message of women’s empowerment to India, the creator of the Pakistani children’s series said.

The Emmy-nominated Burka Avenger series started in Pakistan in August 2013 and has since been launched in Afghanistan, winning global accolades including the Peabody Award, International Gender Equity Prize and Asian Media Award.

Its main protagonist, a teacher called Jiya – who tackles everything from the ban on girls going to school, to child labour to environmental degradation – was named as one of the most influential fictional characters of 2013 by Time magazine.

Series creator and director Haroon Rashid said Burka Avenger would launch in India this month with the Zee Network and will be broadcast in four languages – Hindi, English, Tamil and Telegu. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network

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