“India Considers Banning Pornography as Reported Sexual Assault Rises‏”

By NEHA THIRANI BAGRI and HEATHER TIMMONS

NEW DELHI —India’s Supreme Court, already deliberating a major, potentially government-destroying corruption case and a tense diplomatic incident involving the prosecution of Italian marines, took up a new and highly contentious topic last week — whether pornography leads to sexual assault of women and  should, therefore, be completely banned in India.

The Supreme Court’s interest in the issue comes in response to a petition that asks the government to enact a law that would make even viewing pornographic materials a non-bailable offense. Distributing pornographic materials is already illegal in India, but the related laws are vague and rarely enforced.

“I believe that watching porn corrupts people, and many of the crimes that happen to women, girls and children, such as sex-trafficking, are mostly related to pornography,” said  Kamlesh Vaswani, the author of the petition and an intellectual property rights lawyer who said he became interested in the issue after seeing the impact of pornography  in his hometown of Indore.

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