After the PIL

A social worker Kamlesh Vaswani, in a PIL, has demanded that viewing and showing obscene images and scenes on the internet should be banned and be declared as a non-bailable offence. But this plea of Vaswani did not sound good to those who are raising voices against sex crimes and barbarism against kids. They are against any such law in the name of social and sexual freedom. They say that it would violate individuals’ likes and dislikes and their right to view, read and hear (whatever they like). English journalist Vaishna Roy, in his analysis, having strongly defended the stand of Vaswani, rejected the arguments of those who are opposing the plea. He has written that sexual assaults, whether on grownup girls and women or on tender-aged girls, have certain stimulants, and viewing pornography on internet (computer, laptops and mobile phones) is a big stimulant (The Hindu, 29 April). Uploading pornographic scenes on the internet and then viewing them on a large scale is a very big stimulant of sexual assaults, total ban on which is essential so that the new generation might be saved from destruction.

The strange attitude
But some people do not agree to this analysis of Vaishna Roy. Two letter-writers in The Hindu (30 April) have refused to believe that pornography has anything to do with sexual assaults. These letter-writers do realize its evil consequences and want to save the new generation therefrom but do not see its role in sexual assaults. And it is this strange attitude of Indian civil society that comes to the fore on such occasions and which proves the fact that this society is not sincere in its efforts to bring the crimes to an end. This was the collective attitude of the civil society towards the discussion on the brutality perpetrated recently on a 23-old girl student. All were laying stress on subjecting the brutes to severest punishment and enacting stringent laws but none of them was willing to talk on causes and stimulants, particularly on the point that girls and young women should be careful about their dress and lifestyle. If someone said something like this during discussions on channels, they would hoot him out. They were of the view that sexual brutes are brutes; they do not consider dress, lifestyle or age.

In other issues too
And this attitude of the society is seen in other issues as well. When discussion is initiated after every incident of terrorism, then (1) focus is turned within no time and without any hesitation to the persons belonging to a particular religious community, and then (2) efforts are made to prove that these people do this without any rhyme or reason. If someone meekly submits that after all there must have been some cause, other participants of the discussion attack him. In a discussion someone said that earlier this was not the situation; this situation has been created after the demolition of Babari Masjid, other participants stood in anger and spoke in one voice: “You are justifying terrorism; a terrorist is only a terrorist; he does not need any cause. – However, this mentality cannot be dubbed as the mentality of the entire Indian society. This is the mentality of some particular sections; this makes it abundantly clear that they do not have any interest in bringing the moral crimes to an end nor do they want to know the reality of terrorism. This attitude further strengthens the belief that there had never been any role of any Muslim individual or group in any terror blast after 1993. This situation has been created just to defame Islam and make Muslims hapless. The reality would come to the fore only if there is an open debate on the issue.
07/05/2013 khabar-O-Nazar by Parwaaz Rahmani, sehrozaDAWAT, translated by: Abu Yusuf

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