The bench, comprising justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and justice Muralidhar Giratkar, was responding to a public interest petition filed by lawyer Divya Gontiya.
Bombay high court directs government to set up panel to curb nudity, vulgarity in web-series
Mumbai - 06 Oct 2018 14:00 IST
Updated : 07 Oct 2018 3:47 IST
The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court has directed the Union ministry of information and broadcasting to set up a pre-screening panel to curb the usage of sexual language, crudity and violence on digital platforms like Netflix, Amazon and Hotstar, among others.
The bench, comprising justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and justice Muralidhar Giratkar, was responding to a public interest litigation initiated by lawyer Divya Gontiya. In her PIL, Gontiya stated, "The screening of pornographic contents, vulgar gestures and talks are overriding the Indian culture and morality (sic)" and requested the court to take steps to curb it.
A report in the Hindustan Times newspaper stated that the court has now directed the ministry to set up a pre-screening panel to check and curb this.
In its order, the court directed, "Take care that no series, national or international, is directly published on any platform." In addition, the order stated, "If the websites are found violating provisions of the Cinematograph Act, Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986 and other similar acts, then act tough against the guilty.”