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Sunny_Leone_walks_for_Apala_Jewels_at_IIJW_2014By Ila Garg

While most people avoid talking about it, almost every adult has watched porn. Even when they discuss it, it’s only done in whispers. The mention of the word ‘porn’ can cause a catastrophe in the Indian society which is full of hypocrites. If you ask someone about their interest in porn, they will simply deny it though they might be addicted to it in reality. No wonder, Sunny Leone topped the Times of India list of most desirable female stars.

Recently, Supreme Court raised an important question: whether watching porn in a private space should be considered an offense or not. Chief Justice HL Dattu, while hearing a public interest litigation filed by advocate Kamlesh Vashwani to block porn websites, asked, “Could he not argue about his right to freedom to do something within the four walls of his house without violating any law?”

Pratyush Prakash, a newbie Bollywood lyricist told NewsGram, “Porn, at times, becomes a need. There is nothing wrong in watching porn unless it drives you to do something ill or heinous. Watching porn in private within four walls of house is not an offense, making one is.” Prakash here is clearly implying how making porn without the concerned individual’s consent is a serious offense. Meghna, a Delhi University student says, “as long as it is being watched within four walls, it is fine until its repercussions aren’t visible in public.”

Well, the truth is that watching porn is a debatable issue and should be an individual choice. Porn is no evil and therefore should not be treated as a taboo. Excess of everything is usually believed to be bad then why is an exclusive hype being generated in the case of porn? People have different views on porn. While some watch it on a daily basis, some find it over the top. For some, it is vulgar and a desperate act.intimate-couple-83110503-610x300

Watching porn has its own implications. It can be addictive. However, it should be noted that all people who watch porn can’t be termed as addicts. Some might even find it repulsive. But banning it is no solution.

Blocking pornographic sites is futile as people in authority themselves watch it. In this respect, Media has brought several incidents to light. Politicians in Parliament were caught watching porn while the session was on. According to most of the people, pornography dehumanizes women into becoming sexual objects, things, commodities. But viewers feel that women find pleasure in pain and that is why they want to try it for real.

Many activities shown in pornographic films can have a bad impact on the young minds. For instance, some people believe that it fosters “violence against women”. Why do you think there was so much controversy around the release of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? The spanking, beating, tying women with ropes, blindfolding them is all good on-screen but when people try implementing it in real, it can get messy. Perhaps, that is what porn-addiction means and in that case it is certainly bad.

According to a study, the young women are watching porn more than ever. This implies they don’t find porn as encouraging violence. While 76 percent of the millennial porn viewers are men, 24 percent of millennial porn viewers are women, said the study done by popular porn web platform Pornhub for Mic.com – a New York-based website focused on news for millennials.

618_348_missing-out-in-intimacy-top-10-sex-mistakes“Perhaps if this trend continues, we will get to a place where porn is produced with both male and female fantasies in mind,” the Mic study said. According to Pornhub’s data, Sunny Leone is the most searched for porn-star by Indian viewers.

According to the data, 60 percent of porn-viewers watch it on their smartphones while only 33 percent watch porn on computers. “Lesbian” is the most popular search term. The data, however, suggests that the people searching in this category are not actual lesbians.

There is nothing wrong in porn. In fact, putting a ban on porn will only increase the desire to watch it among youngsters. It is the sexual fantasy that often tempts the young adults to visit such sites.

Adwitiya Borah, a fiction writer says, “Of course it’s okay to watch porn. It’s absolutely okay as long as the viewer is above eighteen years of age, understands the concept of ‘consent’, and remember that sex in real life is a lot different from porn.”

Some married people have a mixed view on this too. While some believe watching porn is alright, others go to the extent of considering it as cheating. At times, husbands tend to draw a comparison between their wives and the porn-stars who look flawless. Also, wives can sometimes feel discontent too. With many forums voicing out in support of women masturbating and watching porn, it’s time to broader the horizon a little. Porn should not be treated as a demon and at the same time, it should not be excessive.

To watch it or not is a question that remains after all…

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India Gets A Win, Supreme Court Decriminalizes Homosexuality

In December 2013, a Supreme Court bench said that it was for the legislature to look into desirability of deleting section 377 of IPC.

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 In a historic verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday decriminalised homosexuality between consenting adults by declaring Section 377, the penal provision which criminalised gay sex, as “manifestly arbitrary”.

In separate but unanimous verdicts, a five-judge Constitution Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Rohinton Nariman, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Indu Malhotra partially struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as unconstitutional.

The bench said it is no longer an offence for LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual, intersex and queer/questioning) community to engage in consensual sex between two adults in private.

Reading out the judgment, Chief Justice Misra said attitudes and mentality have to change to accept others’ identity and accept what they are, and not what they should be.

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“It is the constitutional and not social morality which will prevail,” said the court.

The verdict sparked celebrations in the LGBTIQ community across India even as the judgment was being read out. Many of the community members who had assembled outside the apex court jumped in joy and distributed sweets.

Chief Justice Misra said consensual sex between adults in a private space, which is not harmful to women or children, cannot be denied as it is a matter of individual choice.

Section 377 will not apply to consensual same-sex acts between homosexuals, heterosexuals, lesbians, the court said, clarifying that sexual act without consent and bestiality will continue to be an offence under section 377.

“An individual has full liberty over his or her body and his or her sexual orientation is a matter of one’s choice,” said the Chief Justice.

“Time to bid adieu to prejudicial perceptions deeply ingrained in social mindset. Time to empower LGBTIQ community against discrimination. They should be allowed to make their choices,” he added.

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In separate but unanimous verdicts, a five-judge Constitution Bench struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as unconstitutional. Pixabay

 

In a concurring judgement, Justice Nariman said homosexuality is “not a mental disorder or disease”.

He said the LGBTIQ community has an equal right to live with dignity and are entitled to equal protection of law. He directed the Centre to give wide publicity to this judgment to remove the stigma attached to homosexuality.

Justice Chandrachud said to deny the LGBTIQ community their right to sexual orientation is a denial of their citizenship and a violation of their privacy.

“They cannot be pushed into obscurity by an oppressive colonial legislation… Sexual minorities in India have lived in fear, hiding as second class citizens,” said Justice Chandrachud, adding “the state has no business to intrude on such matters”.

Justice Indu Malhotra said that history owes an apology to the LGBTIQ community for all that they have suffered on account of the ignorance of the majority about homosexuality.

“LGBTIQ people have a right to live unshackled from the shadow,” she said.

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The Supreme Court verdict, which overruled its own earlier judgment, assumes significance as in the earlier round of litigation in 2013, the top court had reversed a Delhi High Court ruling decriminalising homosexuality.

The Delhi High Court bench, headed by then Chief Justice A.P. Shah, had in July 2009 legalised homosexual acts between consenting adults by overturning the 149-year-old law — finding it unconstitutional and a hurdle in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In December 2013, a Supreme Court bench comprising Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya in the Suresh Kumar Koushal and another vs Naz Foundation and others case, had set aside the high court’s judgment and said that it was for the legislature to look into desirability of deleting section 377 of IPC.

The matter was subsequently resurrected in July 2016, when a fresh petition was filed by members of the LGBTIQ community — dancer N.S. Johar, journalist Sunil Mehra, chef Ritu Dalmia, hotelier Aman Nath and business executive Ayesha Kapur — which was then marked to the Constitution Bench by a Division Bench.

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The reference was made on the basis of submission that it was the first time that individuals directly affected by the provision were approaching the court.

Among the petitioners are a batch of current and former students of Indian Institutes of Technology. Claiming to represent more than 350 LGBTIQ alumni, students, staff and faculty from the IITs, the petitioners said that the existence of Section 377 had caused them “mental trauma and illnesses, such as clinical depression and anxiety and relegated some of them to second-class citizenship”. (IANS)