Censorship Issues – Censor Board, Banning films, etc

Ban on Pornography: Between prurience and pragmatism

  1. The definition of what constitutes pornography is open to misinterpretation, unless it is drawn from various legal provisions.
  2. There is a flip-flop by the govt. on the issue of banning porn websites due to policy confusion and the difficulty involved in it.
  3. Even the enforcement becomes farce and is often counter-productive due to the lack of technical know-how to bypass the restriction.
  4. There are legal provisions available in IPC, IT Act and POCSO Act to prohibit such content.
  5. Experts argue that any ban on pornography is an encroachment on right to privacy.
  6. Therefore, govt. should be vigilant mostly against child pornography.
  1. The definition of what constitutes pornography is open to misinterpretation, unless it is drawn from various legal provisions.
  2. There is a flip-flop by the govt. on the issue of banning porn websites due to policy confusion and the difficulty involved in it.
  3. Even the enforcement becomes farce and is often counter-productive due to the lack of technical know-how to bypass the restriction.
  4. There are legal provisions available in IPC, IT Act and POCSO Act to prohibit such content.
  5. Experts argue that any ban on pornography is an encroachment on right to privacy.
  6. Therefore, govt. should be vigilant mostly against child pornography.

 

What do you think? What’s the fine balance at stake here? Right to Privacy vs. Societal Ethics? What is the larger implication?

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