India's Supreme Court mulls porn ban

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.

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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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  • Will this work?

    Is the government sure about this banning process will help to lessen the numbers of rape? Also banning the online websites from broadcasting such sites going to help?
    There are other medias in which this thing is available how is the government going to stop that?
    Also who says that pornographic movies initiate a rape? Almost all teens, adults in their prime and later watch this do all of the rape the first girl they see?
    The problem is not all this it is the severity of the punishment a rapist receives, at times the girl and her family never receive the justice they deserve and so rapists get more confident in occurring the crime.
    Also if the fact that few websites initiate a rape then where do you find a website to rob a bank? Or on how to kill a person? These crimes still happen right? Saying some like that is totally being biased towards a whole working community. However we may look at that it is still something that someone works and earns their living. A job is a job how and whatever they do doesn't matter it is legal and in the law.
    Why aren't we banning the production of tobacco products? It's written on the side of each box, packet and everything even in movies now, smoking or chewing of tobacco is bad for health and we still let that happen but we ban something like this? When there is no such hard evidence that pornographic websites initiate such tendencies.
    It maybe not right but still not right to implement either.
    Anurag13
    • Science behind it

      Man is basically still an ape in nature. We try to copy what we watch, sometimes possibly unknowingly. Keeping this in mind we should enforce banning of certain type of pornography like the one involving minors and crime. But then comes another question, how are you going to ban websites unless they are banned all over the world? Something, that is not banned in the rest of the world and banned only in India, can still be accessed through proxies.
      Sudesh2
  • Stupid decision

    I am fully agree with Anurag13..I think dis petitioner is someone who just cross his 10 year age or maybe his brain is not developed well.How can he say dat Pornography is responsible for Rapes..If he thinks so den wat is his opinion about all Rape scenes,vulgurity,double meaning PJs,Fully Exposive (so called) bollywood actress from Bollywood movie? Is he thinks dat all this thinks are not responcible for Rape? National award winner Vidya Balan said infront of 5000 peoples audience in award show 'Mujhe jo pasand hai uska maja sirf raat ko aata hai '..Is this fine? Vidya balan gets National Award for Dirty Picture.So wil dis petitioner wants to Ban such movies too? Will government take award return from vidya balan? Will government ban all fashion shows where model represents Total vulgurity as much as possible by their cloths? If not then Shut ur mouth..N start ur education from nursery...
    Real Indian
  • dis, den, wat, ur?

    If you are from India your English spelling needs some refinement. This, then, what, your. Why are you using double periods? Also, there is suposed to be a space after commas?

    Truly, I am attempting to help you.
    BubbaJones_
    • if you want to correct someone, do it properly.

      "supposed"
      InAir247
      • Correction is not necessary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        I really agree with InAir47 !Here we are significantly stating our opinions and not attending a sort of grammar class !!The person who has commented is not too fool to write correct english@Sudesh2.Currently we have some different criteria to discuss and i don't like any stupid fellow to comment topsy-turvy!!
        Hendrik Stanley
        • name is wrong

          sorry in place of InAir47 ,there will be Anurag13
          Hendrik Stanley
  • Wasnt an english class

    Subject matter doesnt include english language class. I think it is easily understandable what the guy was trying to say, just putting him down for certain usage of words is really not the criteria here.
    Anurag13
  • Bollywood

    Not only Vidiya Balan for her so called award winning performance in Dirty Picture we also allow porn stars such as Sunny Leone to work in our film industry makinf sex scenes, however you may hide it a grown person understands it and these movies goes through the censor board and has been allowed by the government so how come there is any difference with the sites that potrait such movies any different?
    Anurag13
  • it should be banned

    this is right step.
    porn should be banned in india.
    i give my point.
    as u knw now adays ..every one
    have smart phones…even kids are
    having cellphone.
    and parents cant even say no to
    them right.??
    supposr u r a father or mother.
    would u like that ur child watches
    porn.at the age of 4 6 8 or more.?
    my answer is no.
    if u also think tht no its not
    right.
    give the reasons to ur self y not
    and than think its right to ban
    porn or not.
    i suppose u get the answer…

    porn seeiously spoils mind

    may be u dnt knw what the main rapist of delhi case said in court
    he said i that i saw in bluefilms or porn that if the girl is feeling pain it means she is enjoying it more.
    he said more pain means more is the girl likes it
    this thinking has come from watching porn only
    so why it should not be banned
    today even school students want to have sex..this is also the effect of watching porn...as students have mobile fones ..it is not difficult to watch such thngs..nd that is spoiling their mind.....
    dushyant_504
    • Why should porn NOT be banned?

      If you think pornography is a sin of some kind look at the so called culture we have. We have Devadasis of temple who are kids, those are sex slaves to the pujaris. All this is not a problem. There are many eunuchs in the country who are not treated well. There are many women and children who are exploited in work. Women can't wear what they like even if they want because they fear men will rape them even with slightest so called "indecency".

      The problem is in the mind. Only fools can think that porn is bad. If you have a kid who uses mobile phone, block off apps and browser so that he doesn't access illegal stuff for his age. If you are not tech savvy yourself, then why the hell do you want your kids to own mobile phones and computer?
      freads
  • @freads.....r u from india or some othet country

    the last 57 cases found in india showed tht the mind of rapists were fuelled with pornographic thinking....
    they watchef porn in thier mobile before rapr too

    delhi case main accused said tht he saw in porns tht if the grl have more.pain tht means they r enjoying tht
    thid sick.mentality had come from watchng porn

    voyerism is also thte effect of porn

    logic
    have u seen indian plead??? its a bird
    if no ..thn think ....when u red the name of the bird did u.got any picture in mind ...??
    no .right

    thts the logic ...what we have seen seriously makes r thinking
    and the thinking over comes more in the drunk.situation

    pleasr try to undrstand
    potn is the major reasn of spoiling.minds
    ...it sideuces man
    but thy dnt have the guts to do smthng.wrng to.any grl
    but in the drunk situatn they get the guts...
    it is the reasn yar of yhe sick mentality

    i can give u.my example too

    4 yrs ago i.used too watch porn on a daily basis

    i use too see.voyeristic clips and many.more

    thn what.i did was i startd trying to watch my neighbor girl from her bathroom window

    i got caught
    i was taken to a psychatrist
    he told me bcz of watchng.ssuch things i.got an urge to do the same thng

    thn i ws banned frm all.types.of technology
    mobil computer
    i realsied wat.bad i was doing

    nd now whn i get in a mood to watch porm i restrict my self frm doing so.

    u.can even search the scientific reasn behind
    this on.google by experts

    i m now in a fight of baning porn frm india

    china did it 3 yrs ago and rape cases rudeced there by 87 percnt
    dushyant_504
  • Ban pron - Oil spill start here, what's the point only clearing oil on flr?

    Ban pron - Oil spill start here, what's the point only clearing oil on floor? and not stopping the starting points?

    Is the idea of rape necessary to rape? Humans instinctively only understand their own physical needs. How come they realize the what's necessary about a women? In olden times women and men about to marry were to be told explicitly what they needed to do during their honeymoon. They wouldn't know otherwise.

    Ban pron and most problems in the society would cease.
    Ganesh Acharya