Should Pornographic content be banned?

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  • Recently, Madhya Pradesh Home minister opined that porn is the main reason for rising rape cases. The debate on the negative impacts of porn on society is not new. Let’s discuss whether porn should be banned or not.

Why porn should not be banned:-

  • Banning porn is against personal freedom. Government should not restrict what people watch in private. We live in democracy.
  • There is no proof that porn is the cause for violence against women. Infact porn ban in Pakistan have no positive effects. Violence against women and children is on the rise in Pakistan same as India where there is no porn ban.
  • Banning porn websites is practically impossible. It is very easy create a website and to upload videos. Even if government could ban all the porn content, new content will be added. And considering the huge number of sites that contain porn, it is practically not possible to detect all the sites to ban them.
  • If watching porn is made illegal, it may lead to dangerous consequences. For example, if someone in your whatsapp send sexually explicit content and if it was downloaded automatically, you may face arrest for possessing porn videos. And if your computer is attacked by a malware that places porn related content in your PC, you may face punishment even if you haven’t committed the crime.
  • It is parents responsibility to guide children and to restrict their access to internet. Banning porn is a not a solution.
  • Complete ban on porn may cause sexual frustration in porn addicts and as a consequence, they may commit crimes.

Why porn should be banned :-

  • The statement that watching porn is entertainment and comes under personal freedom is not right because entertainment should be ethical. For example, those who consume drugs may say that drugs are just for entertainment, but that doesn’t mean taking drugs comes under right to freedom. Drugs effects physical and mental health, and Porn effects mental health.
  • Most of the porn videos contain violence on women. They show as if women enjoy violence against them. People do get influenced by what they watch. As a consequence, few men and few young boys treat women as sex objects and think that harassing them is OK.
  • India is a sexually repressed country. Here, discussing about sex is still a taboo. Proper sex education is not provided for children and adolescents. In this situation, young people are guided wrongly by porn videos. As young children do not have any prior guidance, they start believing that the sex in porn is normal. It may take a lot of time before they realize that sex is the expression of love and it should happen between two consenting adults.
  • Studies proved that porn addicts face difficulty to be good life partners. They tend to put unrealistic expectations on their sex life and causes disturbances in relationships.
  • Watching porn indirectly encourages human trafficking. Many innocent children and young women are being kidnapped for flesh trade and some of them are forced to be in porn videos.
  • Some actors in porn suffer violence and diseases. So, there is nothing good in porn.
  • Practically, if anyone watches other people when they are engaged in sexual activity, they will be arrested for voyeurism. Everyone knows that it is unethical. But porn encourages voyeurism.
  • Some people argue that porn is not banned in developed countries yet they have low rape cases. The situation is different there considering liberal culture they have. We cannot compare both the cases. We should take decision depending on what is suitable for our country.
  • A significant part of porn is child pornography. Child pornography is illegal throughout the world and watching, distributing and making it are crimes and attract severe punishments. But still it is widely available in internet. This is one of the causes for increasing rapes on children.
  • Though smartphones, children have access to entire internet. They do not know what is good and what is bad. So, they are the most vulnerable for the negative impacts of porn. It is our responsibility to create a safer environment for the young children.

Conclusion :-

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Debate on porn ban is there from years. World is divided on this issue. Some people want a complete ban on porn. Some people term porn ban as unnecessary and an infringement to personal freedom. It seems as society will not be united on this issue in the near future.

However, what we can do at present is to provide sex education to young children on a war-footing. Considering the rise of violence especially by minors, and considering the huge availability of sexually explicit content over the internet, it is very important to provide sex education & gender sensitization programs to everyone irrespective of their age.

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  1. The first thing about people who watch porn tends to have a different kind of attitude. An educated and well brought up person will always have his moral respect towards the opposite sex. However, on the contrary, an illiterate person will never know what his duties are.
    So from this what I meant to say is that we cannot say that banning porn sites will make a mass change in the society’s perspective.
    Banning the whole porn content cant be the solution for such kind of problem, however, stricter censorship should be implemented with highly precise security so as to minimize the number of breaches.
    Also, awareness is the key, parents should be made aware of the importance of home sex education. As they are the only person in the life of the teenage whom they can open up about their feelings.

  2. Yes. Pornographic content should be banned in india. Reasons are as follows…
    1. MINDSET.. Porn videos are making such a mindset that the women just become a commodity to be used which is completely unacceptable.
    2. EXPECTATIONS… Mostly in martial relations, when one partner after watching such vulgar video starts expecting such things which can’t be done by the other partner. So it leads to domestic violence between them.
    3. Currently india has the maximum number of active users on such websites which is a issue of concern.
    4. India is a young country where the people must be thinking about their career or new ideas and inventions. So these type of content must not be part of a civilized society.

  3. In my opinion ,not all porn sites should be ban.There should be some limitations of porn sites means those porn sites which contain harassment of women, torturing of minor,anything which is showing against the human rights are to be banned.Pornography is not a bad thing.But some of these pornographic industries have made this disgusting.
    Our Indian Sanskrit text on sexuality called Kama sutra talks about sex.It doesn’t mean it is misguiding people.

  4. No I don’t think that ban on pornography is the final solution. If govt want to decrease the ratio of cases they should aware the people of India about the right thing…. Pornography somewhere cool down the frustration of people and help to get down… It’s a personal freedom and no one has right to ban on it….

  5. According to me, porn should be banned because first of all children are getting misguided and they have curiosity. That means they watch and impact will be there on their minds and as a result hamper their study, waste their time, sometimes they make mistakes and suffer their whole life. Sex education is very essential. Adult people they watch porn , not just enjoy but want to fulfill their desire, that time they forget everything if she is minor, she is maid servant, student, neighbor it doesn’t matter only they want to get , they forget their position and status as a result innocent woman suffer. After that when they get back their sense that time there will be no option left. Porn should be banned, people watch then they get addicted and more violent. Government should ban all the porn websites. Adult people if they have desire there are various choices. If people will not be able see porn then their addiction will be less.

    1. well said
      due to easy availability of porn students are likely to get diverted.
      but instead of porn one must read newspapers, novels, general knowledge, etc.

  6. I think it shouldn’t be banned because , if government banned porn content it meant govt is snatching personal right from it’s citizens.As we know that we are living in a democratic country and every citizen has right to watch whatsoever he wants . But these sorts of things are only legal when the person is above 18 year of age otherwise it will be illict.

    1. Yes! Restricting minors from watching porn is a very good idea. But it may not be practically possible considering the easy availability of porn content.

    2. Definitely,!!!it should be Firstly I think the porn content directly influence the mindset of any person and automatically develop the desire to unnatural and violent sex, which I think the most common reason now a days to create dispute and disturbance in the marital relationships and Ultimately children have to suffer which again a next generation will fell into pits of porn videos. Secondly, the men started to consider women as sex objects not human beings that would be critical situation for women to evolve in this derogatory world. I don’t think so it would be a matter of personal choice rather it should be banned as early as possible to protect the future of our nation owint to fact that porn content similarly affect the educated and illetrate man… In all only women and children have to face the consequences ..

  7. PORN BAN:- should be .when we think respective of our culture ,it may create nuisance against our ethics,culture and depicts deformative sexual amusement,violence against children and woman and offensive,i think it should be restricted from screening and accessing in private places and workplaces entirely in our country especially from teen children.

  8. Yes. Because I think this one way youth would be attracted to see the porn when they are 18 to 22 age.
    Instead of porn we have means GOI should be presented sex education in lucid manner so that they knows what’s going on in the transformation of their body..

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