As we all know, Jewel in the Palace is a hit in many countries. It’s watched all around the world. Including in Indian jails.
A convict in India has sent a letter of gratitude to a top Korean network for airing the historical drama “Jewel in the Palace,” or “Daejanggeum” in Korean.
Narendra Kumar Sharma, an inmate at Ambala Prison in Haryana, northern India, sent the letter to Munhwa Broadcasting Company, or MBC, for producing the drama. Sharma is serving time for multiple attempted suicides, a crime under Indian law, and has been under close watch at the prison for the past three years.
“I have developed a fondness for ‘Ghar Ka Chirag’ and its lead character ‘Jangum’ (Jang-geum), who has been quite an inspiration and influence,” Sharma said. “The actors in this series have given me and my friends here an optimistic view on life. It also gives me strength to counter any grave situation with patience.”
“Ghar Ka Chirag” is the Hindi title for the Korean drama, which is broadcast on the state-owned Doordarshan TV once a week.
“My problems seem minor compared to the severe situations these characters face,” Sharma said. “This serial has been of great influence in my personal life as well adding a lot to my positive approach towards life. I dare say it is not only a motivation for people like me but for everyone.”
Attempted suicide, a crime? Some sources suggest that Section 309 of the Indian penal code which criminalises attemted suicide was repealed in 1994 (eg Wikipedia, BMJ), but a leader in The Hindu from only two months ago suggests that the provision is still in force.
Still, it’s an excuse to post a couple of photos of Lee Young-ae.