20 November, 2008

Pornogrpahy in India

@ lunch once one of my colleagues asked me this question, "Do you think porn should be made legal in India?" Immediately my mind got a million images of protests, students, policemen, rich kids, Shiv Sena, women etc. I don't know if I was imagining all this for a Yes, it should be allowed.. or for a No, shouldn't. I was not sure what my opinion was. One of the others at the table said Yes. My thoughts were more on what would happen if it was allowed legally. I was imagining children who would lose fright and kill their guilt and access porn sites. I was still not sure what I was thinking about.

The one who said yes spoke up. He said "People anyway view porn sites and access every single thing on the web. There's youtube which vividly gives u videos with very very minute censoring. There are sites that you can open and just download videos. There are movies in Indian theaters you can go to to get the paid version. What's the issue having it legally online?" I was not sure if I agreed, not sure if I disagreed either.

I was sure of one thing - if it was legal, people in India would go berserk. People would make it a profession here in India (like it already isn't) The entertainment industry would see charts rise high. Students would be widely affected.

I researched on this when I went back home and came across this site. www.no-porn.com - A site that helps people who are addicted to porn recover. On further research I saw a survey they had published.

Over 50% of people has said Yes to Daily viewing of porn. I was shocked! And over 45% of these people were from the ages 11-15. Which is maybe classed 5,6,7,8 and 9. I was stunned. I learned how to email at this age. Things in my mind were working fast. Children with emotional breakdowns, bad childhood, irresponsible parents, bad company, children who do things for the thrill of it. But the only word that kept repeating itself was CHILDREN!

How, how HOW is it even possible that I would say yes to a question like that now? I would never have a positive opinion about making porn legal. Never. I hate the fact that prostitution is legal in Mumbai. Women who cannot afford basic necessities fall into this profession and most of them never get out. Lives ruined, families lost, self-respect reported dead.

And to call it a profession - makes me wonder why criminals are not titled any profession.

1 comment:

Prasanna said...

I totally agree with you pragya, I used to work as a caretaker in a browsing center and was shocked to see my customers seeing porn. Atleast the children who watch porn will shy away, but some 40+ will implement into action while they see a girl. I would feel like killing them. Once I started to ask the girls to be careful with him in front of him, he was furious enough to hit me. Please dont even think of this for the sake of your daughter or sister.

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