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The Bombay High Court has issued notice in a PIL seeking to regulate content in online shows, in view of the “obscene and vulgar” content on such shows.
The Bench of Justices BP Dharmadhikari and MG Giradkar have issued notice to Central authorities in the petition filed by Divya Gontia. Advocate S Dewani appeared for the petitioner.
In her petition, Gontia has referred to shows such as Gandi Baat on the platform ALTBalaji, and Sacred Games on Netflix to call for action against such service providers.
It has been argued that these shows contain obscene, nude and vulgar scenes which are comparable to pornography and are cognizable offences under the Cinematograph Act, Indian Penal Code, Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act and the Information Technology Act.
The petition reportedly calls for censoring such objectionable scenes, for a pre-screening committee to carry out such regulation, as well as restraint on the part of web-service providers when it comes to advertising such shows.
On Friday, the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court issued notice to the Union Ministries of Information and Broadcasting, Electronics and Information Technology, Law and Justice, and Home Affairs. The matter is expected to be taken next up on October 31.
Read the Order:
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