Ministry of Women and Child development propose to ban obscene depiction of women on the internet

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Ministry of Women and Child development propose to ban obscene depiction of women

Guwahati:

Ministry of Women and Child development propose to ban obscene depiction of women

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has proposed to ban obscene depiction of women on the Internet and on SMS/MMS by amending the Indecent Representation of Women Act, 1986.

The Ministry has also suggested that stricter punishments be awarded for such crimes on par with those recommended under the IT Act, 2008.

Ministry of Women and Child development propose to ban obscene depiction of women

“The Ministry has proposed amendment in definition of the term to include digital form or electronic form or hoardings, or through SMS, MMS, etc.,” according to an official statement released on Monday.

The Commission is also planning to set up a central authority under the national Commission of Women, which will include representatives from Advertising Council of India, Press Council of India, ministry of Information and broadcasting and one member with experience of working on women’s issues.

Ministry of Women and Child development propose to ban obscene depiction of women

The IRW Act provides for punishment of up to two years in jail for an offence committed for the first time and imprisonment of six months to five years for a second conviction.

Sections 67 and 67A of the IT Act lay down a punishment of three to five years for circulating sexually explicit material respectively.

In 2012, the UPA government introduced an amendment Bill to update the law but the law didn’t get a right start to be implemented as a law in the parliament Standing Committee.

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