Pornography ban: Student moves Supreme Court

New Delhi: A 16-year-old Class 12 student has moved the Supreme Court seeking a complete ban on online pornography on the ground that it has a damaging and upseting effect on young minds.

In his petition, Akash Narwala from Kota, Rajasthan said he was disgusted by his schoolmates’ addiction to sex videos. He said even kids studying in class four, five, six and seven in school are watching porn on their mobile and they want to watch them frequently. “I am witness to it. Young minds are getting corrupted. It is having a damaging and upsetting effect on them” he said. The apex court is already hearing a batch of petitions in this regard and the Centre had informed the court that certain sites had already been banned. In his petition, Narwala said, “I have observed in my school and also outside of school that teenagers of my age have easy access to porn by way of mobile phones. Due to internet connectivity of mobile phones, hard core porn sites are available throughout the day and night and children in their teenage are most affected and thus their moral values get degraded and children are diverted and distracted in ways which are not good for their studies and also for their general overall development.”

He said easy accessibility of porn now-a-days in India through internet is a major cause of increasing sex crimes against women and even minor girls of this country. Most porn videos show women in such poor light, objectifying and disgracing them. There have been instances where boys before the age of 18 years have indulged in sex crimes, rapes and molestation because of the unlimited exposure to porn through the internet. Juvenile delinquency has increased because of easy exposure of porn. Seeking a complete ban, he said mobile accessibility and surfeit of porn on the internet is the primary reason. Young people are turning to the internet to learn about sex and relationships. Sometimes they are frequently stumbling across porn, often unintentionally.

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