Top Indian lawyer ordered to inspect sexy condom packets

By AFP
Published: April 27, 2016
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Conservatives in deeply religious India often register complaints with police under the obscenity law. PHOTO SOURCE: BOLLYWOOD LIFE

Conservatives in deeply religious India often register complaints with police under the obscenity law. PHOTO SOURCE: BOLLYWOOD LIFE

NEW DELHI: One of India’s most senior lawyers has been ordered to study condom and other contraceptive packets to determine if their pictures are too racy and should be banned, according to reports Wednesday.

Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh must spend six weeks pouring over sexy photographs — often of scantily clad women or couples in steamy embraces — promoting the products after the Supreme Court said they may breach India’s tough obscenity laws.

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“Do you have any plan to regulate such advertisements?” a Supreme Court bench was quoted by the Indian Express asking Singh, the government’s third-ranked legal officer.

“You also have to tell us if such advertisements may constitute a penal offence,” the newspaper reported the bench as saying.

Singh’s office confirmed to AFP that the court issued the order on Tuesday, but declined to comment further.

Conservatives in deeply religious India often register complaints with police under the obscenity law, which carries a maximum punishment of two years in jail and five years for repeat offenders.

Bollywood actors often find themselves slapped with such charges for their movies that some see as crossing the lines of decency. Former porn star turned actor Sunny Leone was hit with an obscenity charge last year for her online movies and photographs.

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Police are obliged to register a case when complaints are made.

The latest case came after condom manufacturers appealed against an earlier High Court order banning lurid pictures from their packets on the grounds that they were obscene and an affront to Indian culture.

The High Court was responding to a petition filed against the manufacturers.

Last year, India was forced to reverse a controversial order banning hundreds of porn websites after accusations of heavy-handed censorship in the world’s largest democracy.

Indian censors also blocked the release of the erotic film “Fifty Shades of Grey” in cinemas last year, even though a toned-down version of the film was supposed to be screened.

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  • Asif Butt
    Apr 27, 2016 - 3:14PM

    Its good to hear bout such news.
    Got to be a live and conscious nation.
    And Indians , like Pakistanis , have a live and conscious soul.Recommend

  • Naresh
    Apr 27, 2016 - 4:16PM

    @Asif Butt: Its good to hear bout such news.
    Got to be a live and conscious nation.
    And Indians , like Pakistanis , have a live and conscious soul.

    Thank you Sir. You are a Gentleman Par Excellence!
    CheersRecommend

  • Hassan
    Apr 27, 2016 - 4:29PM

    just wait and watch, Indians protested against the ban of porn sites, do u think will they tolerate this??? they do not have their culture blindly following West they have lost their identity, in early Bollywood movies the heroins were used to wear decent clothing having dupatta for e.g Qayamat se Qayamat tak and now they have sunny leone. they do not own any culture now. Recommend

  • Asif Butt
    Apr 27, 2016 - 5:38PM

    @Naresh:
    No need to thank me Naresh.
    We have a history of being pro spiritualists. We believe in concept of humility.
    Unfortunately the other side of the coin is that this flame gives cause to fanaticism and extremism as well.
    Hence the Muslim and Hindu extremist counterparts.
    I have to end this by saying hope for the best , but we both know how much that is possible for both the natons :).Recommend

  • Asif Butt
    Apr 27, 2016 - 5:41PM

    @Hassan:
    The thing with India is that it wanted to go secular and all this is the price it had to pay all the way. But look where it got it ?
    Its globally recognized , and Madam Tussads just finished Modi’s Statue.
    Similarly , we in Pakistan are going through a new realization and interpretation of APPLIED RELIGION.
    We may not be using the word secular , but I think being democratic has to get synonymous with being secular sooner or later…Recommend

  • np
    Apr 27, 2016 - 7:56PM

    @Hassan: Bollywood is no doubt an element of India’s soft power. However, to judge Indian women on the basis of a person who started their career as a porn star is a little absurd. If you visit India, you will be able to see the whole range of clothing choices made by women from mini skirts to jeans to saris and salwar kamiz to hijab and burkha.

    If Indians blindly followed the west, they would not have voted for Modi whom US had denied visa to.

    Indian culture has many facets – its very diverse cuisine, yoga, clothing, language (22 official languages – of which Urdu is one by the way), music (2 major classical music forms are thriving plus Bollywood music plus folk music in various languages), dance (7 major classical dance forms which are thriving plus folk dance styles such as bhangra, garba, lejhim) and of course the festivals : Diwali, Holi, Eid, Christmas and Nanak Jayanti are all celebrated with much gusto besides many other functions such as Raksha Bandhan, Baisakhi, Kite-flying in January and so much more..

    Blindly following west is certainly not what India does. There are no attacks on women wearing hijabs or burkhas in India – unlike the west.Recommend

  • SRK
    Apr 28, 2016 - 3:18AM

    @Hassan: Don’t blame and misjudge Bollywood. It is a dream destination for artistes from Pakistan. Some even go and play ‘gay’ roles – Fawad just did this. Let not hate cloud your judgement for all things related to India.Recommend

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