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Does porn really cause sexual crimes?

Sunny Leone is India's most well-known pornstarDo you watch porn? It could soon become a non-bailable offence! The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the various ministries of the Central Government on a PIL which seeks to modify internet laws so that pornography is viewed as an offence (we're not sure whether it'll still be allowed inside Parliament though). A bench consisting of Chief Justice Altamas Kabi and Justices AR Dave and Vikramjit Sen issued notice on Kamlesh Vaswani's petitions which said that the existing laws had failed to prohibit proliferation of internet porn and alleged that it was affecting the younger generation and resulting in increasing sexual assaults on women.

Senior advocate MN Krishamani said the government urgently needed to take pro-active steps to block all pornographic websites that were affecting the 'peace of mind, health and wellness, happiness and human potential'. 'Absence of internet laws encourages watching porn videos since it is not an offence. This has led to a situation where more than 20 crore porn videos/porn clippings are available in the Indian market, which have been downloaded from the internet,' the petitioner said through his counsel Virag Gupta.

Not surprisingly, many lawyers stood up before the bench in support of the petition, with Vijay Panjwani, saying the IT Act was ineffective in dealing with the situation created by free availability of pornography, including child pornography, as only a government servant could be a complainant for action against service providers. The petitioner said, 'Porn is always on demand and watching brutal form of porn increases the viewer's appetite for similar actions within society. Pornographic literature seeks to confirm that people are objects who can be sold and bought in the market. It treats sex as a commodity and exploits it commercially. When exploitation of sex is accepted in society, then all characteristics attributable to commercial exploitation also become acceptable which is to maximize profit.' Vaswani sought a direction from the court to the Centre to formulate a national policy, action plan and draft a separate law to counter the proliferation of pornography on the internet.

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India.com Health View

We are a nation of ostriches. We are willing to blame anything and everything the stars, less clothes, Bollywood item numbers, staying out at night, greater number of single women, greater interaction between the opposite sexes, chowmein, Western culture and now pornography for sexual crimes against women. Blame anything and everything other than chauvinist men, the true perpetrators of the crime. We seriously doubt how many of the perpetrators carried out violent sex crimes after watching porn. And that still doesn't explain how women who are dressed decently or even babies are raped.

While we are not supporting pornography in anyway, the fact remains that we are a democracy which can choose what it wants to see, view or read. And if people want to watch porn, they will watch porn. Nothing's going to stop them from doing that and the government would be wrong to force fake morality down our throats. As a nation we have a million things worry about, people watching porn and losing their morality is not one of them.

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