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India's Supreme Court Considers Banning Pornography As Sexual Assault Rises

| by Emily Smith

In addition to its hearings on The Sahara Group and the murder of two Indian fisherman, India’s Supreme Court will hear a case this week regarding pornography and its impact in relation to women and children.

While the distribution of pornography is already illegal in India, the case seeks to make distribution a non-bailable offense. Moreover, the literature of the petition argues that there is no law in India regarding the “peace of mind, health and wellness, happiness and human potential” which is at risk while pornography continues to circulate.

The court was initially reluctant to review the case, given its workload and the current status of pornography under Indian law.

Kamlesh Vaswani, author of the petition and intellectual property rights lawyer, says that much of his concern developed after witnessing sexual assault in his hometown of Indore.

After a series of recent sexual assault crimes, including the rape of a five-year-old New Delhi girl that sparked protests at the state capitol on Saturday, Vaswani stressed that “rapists and child molesters use pornography both immediately prior to their crimes and during the actual assault,” according to his research.

In the last ten years, Google searches for “porn” in India have increased fivefold. Its correlation with the increase in sexual assault (whether the legality of porn is oppressive or civilized) is striking.

The case was appropriately submitted during National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the US, where preparations have been made to protest “Alice” Day, or Pedophile Pride Day.

Sources: NPR, NY Times