India's Supreme Court mulls porn ban

Summary:The court is ordering government agencies to respond to a petition arguing readily-accessible porn is a cause of the number of rapes in the country and it needs to be banned.

India's Supreme Court has ordered the government to respond to a petition arguing that freely available, violent porn has fueled the country's spate of rapes targeting women and girls.
 
Times of India reported Tuesday a judicial bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir ordered the ministries of Information and Technology, Information and Broadcasting, Home Affairs and Internet Service Providers Association of India to respond to a petition for an anti-pornography law.
 
The petition, filed through advocate Vijay Panjwani, said while the act of watching porn is not illegal,  the readily-available "graphic, violent, brutal, deviant and destructive" pornography has endangered Indian society and threatens public order.
 
"The petitioner most respectfully submits that most of the offences committed against women/girls/children are fueled by pornography. The worrying issue is the severity and gravity of the images are increasing. It is a matter of serious concern that pre-pubescent children are being raped," the petition stated.
 
 

Topics: Legal, India

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