Banning Porn Won’t Work, Sex Education Will: Experts

By Nishant Arora

New Delhi, Aug 4:  Terming the government’s crackdown on 857 pornographic websites an “act in haste”, the country’s top sex and behavioural experts have favoured making sex education mandatory for young Indian teenagers so that crimes like rape or child molestation can be efficiently curbed.

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According to them, a crackdown is not the solution as adults have a right to watch porn in the privacy of their homes and that right should not be taken away.

“Banning porn websites is not the solution at all. Educating the youth about what sex and related behaviours are must be on the agenda of the present government,” Dr Prakash Kothari, one of India’s leading sexologists based in Mumbai, told IANS.

The ministry of communications and information and technology, in its order of July 31 under section 79(3)(b) of the IT Act 2000, banned the 857 websites terming their content “immoral and indecent”.

The ban will only result in a boom for the pirated porn industry, experts say.

“One doubts if this ban can be a fool-proof solution. It will probably increase the sale of pirated porn DVDs. A ban of this kind might actually increase sexual frustration and lead to other sexual and social problems,” warned Dr Madhuri Singh, consulting psychiatrist at Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital in Mumbai.

The experts, however, feel that when it comes to child pornography, prompt action is required.

“Throughout the world, child porn is banned and generally stays off the internet. Problem is that some adult websites have links that lead to child pornography and those must be dealt sternly with,” noted Dr Samir Parikh, director of mental health and behavioural sciences at Fortis Hospital in New Delhi.

Objectification of women and child abuse are growing in our society, says Dr Parikh, but there has to be a proper mechanism to ensure that young adults do not get easy access to porn.

“With the proliferation of technology, kids have easy access to porn and related materials and this issue has to be brought to the fore,” he contended.

Owing to the growth in the smartphone sector, online porn viewing is going to see an explosion in the next five years, a recent study said.

According to Britain-based digital market research specialist firm Juniper Research, online porn watching will grow by nearly 42 percent in the next five years.

The porn video hits will grow to 193 billion a year by 2020 from around 136 billion this year, it said.

Growth is taking place in the video chat and webcam content area in the global porn industry that is worth $97 billion.

Sexual literacy may be the need of the hour, feel others.

“In the absence of proper sex education, ignorance prevails because porn is a double-edged sword,” said Dr Sudhakar Krishnamurti, director of world-famous Andromeda Andrology Centre in Hyderabad.

“Responsibility lies with all the stakeholders — government, media houses, social scientists, doctors, teachers — to ensure that sex education becomes the key to tackle rising cases of sexual abuse,” Dr Parikh stressed.

According to Dr Sameer Malhotra, director of the department of mental health and behavioural sciences at Max Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, “age-appropriate and sensitively handled sex education can help in preventing risky behaviour and addressing myths” associated with sexual issues.

“Sex education will actually limit porn viewing among adults,” said Dr Manish Jain, senior consultant (psychiatrist) at BLK Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi.

Parental guidance of age-appropriate surfing may also help.

“Adults websites can be blocked on any computer and in any browser to prevent adult-themed content from showing up in web searches and on specific websites. Modify your computers with parental guidance,” Dr Jain advised. (IANS)

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  1. ANDY said:

    IT’S A SHAME THAT THIS DELEGATE WENT TO DISCUSS ABOUT NIGERIA FUTURE RATHER TALKING ABOUT BASELESS IS OF CREATING MORE STATES. WHAT ABOUT CHECKS AND BALANCE OF OUR SYSTEM? WHAT ABOUT NEW LAWS AND NEW CONSTITUTIONS ?WHAT ABOUT RULE OF LAWS AND ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS.WHAT ABOUT BORN TO RULE AND THE BEST MAN ON A JOB? EVERY MINISTRIAL POST IS ALAHAJI THIS OR ALAHAJI MOHAMMED .70% OF NIGERIAN EXECUTIVE OFFICE HOLDER TODAY ARE NORTHERNERS BUT YET THEY REFUSED WEST EDUCATION.THIS THE REASON WHY NIGERIA WILL NEVER SEE GOOD LIGHT UNLESS THEY ALLOW QUALIFY PEOPLE TO HANDLE NIGERIAN ISSUES. INFACT ORDINARY NIGERIANS DOES NOT HAVE ANY HOPE WITH THIS DELEGATES . THERE ARE SO MUCH ISSUES TO TACKLE AND THEY LEFT IT AND DISCUSSING CREATION OF STATE. IT’S A SHAME.IF I’M A PRESIDENT TODAY I WILL SCRAPE EVERY STATE AUTHORITY AND MAKE NIGERIA ONE COUNTRY ONE STATE WITH LOCAL GOVT.

  2. joe said:

    after creation of all this states where are the resources to run them?ohh you people are hoping on our oil never ever,the hausas and fulani must be fool not to agree on additional state for south east

  3. hom said:

    This is 2014 and 80% of Nigerians have not yet come to terms with modern civilization. Even if we create 774 states, the same looting, impunity and bigotry (ethnic and religious(Christian and Muslims)) will still be the order of the day.
    Have managed the 36 states we have now? How are the local governments we selfishly requested for due our ethnic and religious bigotry developed? Is state creation the cause of evil corruption and impunity? Lets just answer these questions and proffer a solution instead of creating more problems.
    Personally I suggest we have only six states according our Geo-political zones. Each zone will go into mass tapping and development of their resources and this will go a long way in providing economic stability.
    Agricultural products and mineral resources abound all over Nigeria. My Benue State (North Central) can be the food hub of Africa if all Agricultural resources are processed. The mineral sediments there will also boost the economy if tapped and processed.
    The whole country is blessed with rich natural resources but we prefer to insult each other and trade blames based on region, tribe and religion. Its just a big shame to all Nigerians and we must repent from this stupidity else hard times will still linger in our time.
    Lets vote for visionary leaders who have no criminal records. Let every Nigerian realize he is a leader and that leadership starts from your very home.Youths between 18-35 years should rise and reject politicians who use tribe and religion to get votes but loot our resources. Every youthful(18-35 years) Nigerian should realize that their kids will ask them questions about what there did to reduce or stop corruption and impunity. Nigerians this is 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lets make Nigeria a better place. God/Allah bless Nigeria.

  4. Davis said:

    The creation of more states is not the problem of Nigeria; unfortunately that’s what the delegates are adding to the nation’s problems. The existing ones how many are viable? The major problems of this nation is ethnicity, corruption and sacrificing merit for mediocrity. ON THE DAY EACH ONE OF US REALIZES THESE FACTS AND BEGINS TO ADOPT THEM, THEN, WE WOULD HAVE BEGUN ON A GOOD PLATFORM. ALL THESE THINGS YOU’RE PROPOSING ARE MERELY THE JUSTIFICATION TO THE MONEY YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN PAID.

    • hom said:

      God bless you Davis, we need more people with positive thoughts like in this country.

    • Ken said:

      You didn’t read the article. It is not the delegates that made the proposals. It is the people of these areas that submitted the proposals TO the delegates to consider.

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