Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma calls Porn Ban “regressive”

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Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma on Porn ban
Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma

Barely a day after Department of Telecommunication issued a notification under Section 79 (b) of IT Act asking internet service providers (ISPs) to block more than 800 pornographic websites, Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma criticised the move, saying that banning porn sites is not a solution against sexual crimes.

“History proved it multiple times that if anytime anything is banned it will just gather strength in the underground. Any deprivation of personal liberty of an individual by a government amounts to a regression of social progress of that country. It’s a proven fact by international surveys that instead of fuelling sexual crimes porn actually provides safer outlet for sexual repression,” he tweeted.

“Considering the sheer popularity of porn whichever government owns up to banning it, is sure to be wiped out of existence in next election. Government should work on finding ways to steer the content not to go in wrong directions rather than to block it. To deprive consenting adults of the harmless fun they are having of watching porn is equivalent of what Taliban and ISIS is doing to freedom. To ban porn saying it will be seen by who shouldn’t see it is like saying to stop traffic because there will be accidents,” Sarkar director said.

It may be recalled here that the Supreme Court had refused to pass an interim order last month to block pornographic websites in the country, saying “how can a person above 18 years be stopped from watching the sites within the four walls of his/her room as it would be a violation of article 21 or right to personal liberty”, said Chief Justice of India HL Dattu in a public interest litigation filed by an advocate to ban pornography websites in the country.

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