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An Adult Comic Being Published In TOI Has People All Up In Arms Over Its Sexual Content

Parents have been left aghast by the graphic novel's adult themes and how easily children can access it.

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Last month, The Times Of India announced that it was releasing Agent Rana, a serialised graphic novel, as a new recurring column in their main editions.

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Written by Juggi Bhasin and illustrated by Subodh Poddar, Agent Rana tells the story of an Indian spy, and has been running six days a week for the past month.

While it seemed like a great idea at first, readers soon discovered that the content was a ~little~ more adult and risque than is common for India's leading daily newspaper.

Over the past few weeks, parents have been left dumbfounded by its sexual overtones, especially the character of Husna – a female spy who isn't shy about using her body in service of a mission.

Many have expressed concern about how inappropriate the comic is for children, considering the fact that a TOI subscription is so common in homes around India.

Can this be given to your 5-15 year olds, being groomed to read newspaper @timesofindia? #AgentRana OR is time for… https://t.co/ocOBtwZBdk

Hey @timesofindia stop #AgentRana bull crap. More thn Spy stuff, u guys hve made the strip erotic. Kids readin TOI will take a wrong example

Many have been asking TOI to stop publishing the comic altogether.

Request TOI: Stop publishing novel 'Agent Rana' with sexual content which is inappropriate for all our children's

.@timesofindia @thesuniljain @vineetjaintimes@smritiirani Stop publishing novel 'Agent Rana'with sexual content inappropriate for children

The petitioner, Antara Sen Dave, is a parent who states that she has no problem with the content, just the medium:

"I am not against creativity or freedom of expression. I truly believe that artistic freedom is important. The creator has all the right to come up with a character who uses her sexuality or uses blunt language. But should adult content like this be published in a newspaper easily accessible to children?"

While its run in the newspaper might end soon, you can follow Agent Rana on Facebook and Twitter.

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