Debate: Banning Porn in India

 

 

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There has been a stimulating debate from past few days to ban porn in India according to a petition filed in Supreme Court to justifying that porn is one of the causes for exponential increase in sexual crime in India and watching pornography to be made a non-bailable offense.

Before we open the floor for intellectual discussion let us jaw down few facts here.

  • There has been no proof until now that every case of sexual violence in India relates to watching porn.
  • There is no viable study in respect of India that relates pornography has direct contact withsexual violence against women.
  • According to study 30% of women around globe watch porn as well.
  • Sec.292 of the Indian Penal Code, which came about by Act 36 of 1969, watching or possessing pornographic materials is legal, but distributing such materials is illegal and banned.

Question is are we trying to figure out core reason for sexual related violence? Or it’s just the new debate to avoid discreet fingers on Indian Police? Is that rape is a cultural not a biological phenomenon? As mainstream Indian (even world) society allows it to fester, providing it an impetus to grow. Or can education be able to help? As in many cases well educated people also indulge into these crimes. Or banning the porn will be able to reduce sexual violence?

Please stimulate the debate with your valuable comments.

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24 thoughts on “Debate: Banning Porn in India

  1. When we talk about porn, I would like to point out that there are studies that have stated that watching it helps in releasing sexual tension and makes the person feel better. Our society is not open when it comes to issues that talk of sex and porn, even though many people watch it or have watched porn, they will condemn it publicly. Just like always, we are again trying to find a scapegoat and some genius has come up with this. Tell me dear readers, what are you going to ban next? Co-Ed Schools, or women in public for you can only rape if you see the woman.

    We need genuine solutions and not a witch hunt. People need to change their mindset and themselves. Then only will disease that is sexual violence be eradicated.

  2. it doesn’t make any sense rather than govt have to find some way so that prostitution take legal shape it will help in curbing down the problem of sexual assault as well as will create more familiar enviornment for those who are already in this. banning porn will in no way the no. of sexual assault against women we have to change our holy book, mentality, selfish society along with change in the mindset of women.last one is foremost imp. if they want security, justice, opportunity then they have to believe that they are not inferior, do not ask separate bus,school,college,reservation just they have to unite at all places and i can bet no one will dare to even say anything. one more thing banning porn deteriorate prevailing condition.

  3. I dont think it would help in anyway…people do what they want…and watching porn is no crime at all…coming to the exponential increase in rape cases i would say that Sex Education and awareness should be tought at very basic level…there can be some pshychophant..those should be identified and get treated as soon as possible…

  4. Porn of the softcore variety is generally harmless and pleasing to the psyche… but it is an alarming recent trend that beastiality and violence and degradation of women has been passed around as hardcore porn. This is harmful to any impressionable young minds(believe me..they will find it on the net) and delinquents. Ban harcore porn and bestiality. Porn isnt bad… degradation is.

  5. banning porn is not the ultimate solution. making children not to access the porn must be considered.all the countrys internet centers should install softwares that wouldnot allow to access porn . . it prevents the children from watching porn. to some extent.

  6. Just banning porn is not going to solve the problem that is plaguing the Indian youth psyche. In this age of technology circumventing the state digital blockade is not a big deal. People in a democracy are entitled for choices be it right or wrong and should be equally prepared to face the consequences when a wrong decision is made.

    Porn is objectifying females in the society. Degrading,objectifying,typifying badly the half of the population is not going to serve well for the moral fabric of the society.the recent Delhi gangrapists had watched porn before commiting that heinous crime. in this age of mobile phones lots of juveniles are exposed to porn at a tender age.Right from the young age many kids are rewired to view women as a sex object instead of looking them as mothers/caring sisters/ teachers.

    Some of the measures that the governement can take in addition to banning of porn are-
    1. Check the vulgarity,skin shows in movies and tv shows which portray women in a stereotypical sexist way.
    2. Educating among school children about the harmful effects of watching porn.
    3. strengthen laws to punish those who are distributing/exchange porn materials
    4. Strengthen and implement laws which punish atrocities against women.
    5,

    • this point is most appropriate!..going at the very basic level..the root cause of these women centric crimes do comes from watching porn..

  7. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DON’T EVER BAN PORN.. It’s the lifeline OF THE COUNTRY hahaha. but seriously talking I mean no you can’t ban porn.

  8. Cutting the supply will not curb the demand, for example in any drug de-addiction camp the action is on cutting the need/demand/urge and this once achieved will gradually cut the supply.
    “Watching Porn” as such is not the issue, well everyone of us goes through a phase in life when hormonal changes leads you to a lot of curious explorations specially “Sexual”, and it is more than often this piont in time when someone gets introduced to watching “Porn”, so the point is to have an effective “Coaching” in place. Unfortunately in majority of the families talking about Sex is still a Taboo and this needs to be changed. I think the Society should take the First Step by allowing open healthy discussions on these matters and the rest will fall in place.
    As such SWITCHING OFF porn is not going to bring any Radical Change rather it may have even Adverse effect which we do not speculate or anticipate at this point in time.

  9. Think about this before watching porn [thereby supporting porn industry]

    1. The sex industry trafficks hundreds of thousands of women and children every year.
    2. The industry is racist; white women get paid more than black women.
    3. Porn is used by pedophiles to groom children for sexual abuse.
    4. Major themes in modern porn are to do with abuse, not sex.
    5. Studies show that porn addiction ruins people’s sex lives.
    6. Studies show that men are more aggressive towards women after watching porn.
    7. Porn addiction is now the leading cause of divorce.
    8. Domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse perpetrators get ideas from watching porn.
    9. There are high rates of injury, infection and long term health problems among porn workers.
    10. Workers in the industry are not protected by industrial or workplace legislation.
    11. What about men who “choose” to watch people being abused in order to get off?
    12. Men don’t buy porn to see sex; they buy it to see women being punished. sex has nothing to do with it; porn is not sex;
    13. When profits are involved, ethics and integrity go out the window
    14. There are confirmed studies that a person loses his natural ability to get excited if he is addicted to porn
    15. Pornography harms women. Pornography is not fantasy. Pornography happens in the real world, to real women; everything you see in pornography happened somewhere to a real woman.

  10. I want to ask simple question to all who say porn shouldn’t be banned. ” would you encourage your child to watch porn along with u so that he gets more knowledge about sex sitting beside U?”

    • Watching porn is not the only way to get sexual knowledge and what is bad if a person gets knowledge about sex from their parents

    • no i won’t but i don’t think banning pornsites will stop my or any kid (for that matter) will stop the curiosity about sex. no matter what he/she will want to know about sex. have you thought that may be this curiosity will make the kid force/coerce someone to have sex with him.

  11. Simultaneously carrying on two cultures that are sharply contrasting in terms of materialism and worldly pleasures i.e. Indian and western. Till the age of say 15 years, a parent in India completely tries to prohibit exposure to sexual stuff to his/her child and tries to keep him/her outside this purview. After that critical age, the grown up child now with means to severe exposure to porn and materialistic stuff is bound to commit such things, the peak of which is called rape or sexual assault. Either mild exposures from childhood or completely banning porn material is the key, in my view.

  12. .sex education is must from the teen age level, so that every boy and girl in that age must know this along with the changes in their body as well as in their, desires/erection. This is the right time every boy and girl must know about sex, so that they must know the merits and demerits/as well as what to do and what not to do, and to get rid of child pregnancies/and to be careful/preventive methods should be taken to get rid of sexually transmitted diseses and the awareness of AIDS.

    Unfortunatey PORNOGRAPHY will encourage only towards having sex by means of legal/illegal, which is freely available through internet and lack of sex education leading them for crimes or repenting after getting dreaded diseases/or child pregnancies or finally getting addicted to DRUGS.

  13. Hello friends , porn cannot be banned if it is banned the crime arise and 80 percent indian watch foreign sites when something can be pressured it can nolt with high speed and then noone can stop

  14. Personally, I don’t think banning a porn in a country is the full solution . India is a vast country . We know in gujarat liquor was totally banned then also every nite many people in gujarat drink peacefully with friend in a corner of the house . If we ban porn. Then people become more agressive to watch and then ,result is diffrent then rightnow. We can see in last 5 to 6 years rape case file more then a decade ago. I think ..movie play a 60 to 70 per cent role for sexual aabusment thing. If we provide a red street in every city legally then per cent of rape should be decrease. Sex is a natural felling no one could control overit. In india , if a person want to do sex then where he go ? If this red street available then this type felling can be fullfil . Scientifically prove that liqor is dangerous for human body . Then also liqor shop made just because it affects on govt. Lockers . Just because of profit liqor shop build. So why can red street available ?

  15. Banning on porn is partial solution to decreasing sexually assaults, from the basic level it adheres to implement an act against them who are accused to likewise heinous crimes against women. The internet is a basic source of watching and uploading related porn contents over it.most of innocent women’s were and have been blackmailing though this kind of source. The govt. Should installing survalliance devices cctv at all corners. Women’s should be change their dress pattern and are banned to wear transparent dresses. If we are really want to get hold on poronograpgy and other related happennings we should change our consicence and make sex education manditory at school level.

  16. yes there is need of lot of discussion on this issue, mainly two fundamental things exist in this. whether watching pronography is morally and legally, right and wrong and moreover is it leading to sexual harasment? So far sexual harasment is consider, there is no ample evidence of sexual harasment is resulting of watching porns. But if culture of India is take into point, we would say that pronography is quite wrong and immoral. Ofcourse, there is a point of debate here that, even fro ancient days we have a concept of “Kamasutra”.(which is almost the same line on pronography.). But historians/artists could say that Kamasutra would be see in the form of just one art out 64 arts (oftenly say). But in leagal rulings watching pronography is not illegall untill and unless it harms the any person or showing any women(mention in sexual harrasment bill). so i conclusion remarks i would like say that out right banning is not advisable, but needs regulation on those websites and clear monitor y cyber experts and disallowing children below 18 years are must. Moreover the complete ban may lead to increase of prostituism.

  17. Porn is part and parcel of Indian culture, Kamasutra, Khajuraho, etc etc. Porn should never be banned. Instead sex education shuld be made compulsory for students before they reach puberty so that they undertand sex and its functionality.

  18. What a ridiculous idea is this that banning porn is step of conservative mind, then u open minded peoples pls start watching it openly with your families like dad,mom,sister,daughter..n if can’t do this pls support to ban it till u become open enough.

  19. Banning porn will not achieve anything. It would only push it underground. If we are looking for a solution of the problem off violence against women, we should make brothels legal and provide hygienic and sanitary environment around them.

  20. BAN PORNOGRAPHY IN INDIA…!!
    Ofcourse..!! we cannot reduce the crimes by banning pornography in india.. But it had changed the mindsets of adolescent children(11-17 age group).. And when observed the most rape cases are happening on children,since they are easily targettable.
    Especially in rural areas these are not coming out from that village outskirts…
    And all who are opposing this should understand one thing.As per tbe latest statistics 96% of rapes and abuses(especially children) are from the close relatives.
    So lets help to save our children and sisters by banning this..

  21. I think every human being should have the right to do, to see, to say whatever they want without violating others rights…
    So watching or keeping pornography must not be a crime instead it produces violation towards other people…..

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