As India hovers around for reasons for the horrendous sex crimes, first Nirbhaya and now the kidnap and rape of a 5-year-old girl. Pornography under scrutiny, some have called for the 31-year-old Sunny Leone to be jailed. Latest event has provoked anti-porn campaigners after it was revealed that the suspects in the rape case of the five-year-old girl had watched lascivious material before committing the crime.
“Our children are accessing more and more graphic and brutal videos and they are imitating them and we are suffering,” Kamlesh Vaswani, a commercial lawyer who has petitioned the Supreme Court to demand a ban, told AFP. The next hearing in the case is set for April 29.
The Information Technology Act (2000) already states that if anyone is caught publishing obscene material, they could be jailed upto 5 years.
Sunny Leone defended her dual career as a porn star and actress and disagreed with the crime having any relation to the adult material. ”Pornography is not for people who think it’s for real. It’s fantasy and it’s entertainment,” she said. “It’s complete nonsense to blame rape on adult material out there. Education starts at home. It’s mums and dads sitting with their children and teaching them what is right and wrong” she added.
Bollywood hunk John Abraham also defended her, saying those seeking to blame pornography for rapes were missing the root cause of the problem in India – social attitudes to women and a lack of education.
“By banning something you’re not going to solve the problem. The world over, people have access to porn. Are there rape cases like this (of the five-year-old) that exist the world over? No. Did rape cases exist before porn came into being? Yes,” he said.
That being said, there are no talks or controversies whether violent video games cause gun crime or if gangster rap encourages anti-social behaviour.
“In terms of the larger debate, whether porn leads to violence, I don’t think anyone should have a knee-jerk reaction and say it does,” junior IT minister Milind Deora said Tuesday.
“We are a liberal society and we don’t want to get into the space of censoring content” he added.