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New Delhi: from www.post.jagron.com – Adult movie star-turned-Bollywood actress Sunny Leone has expressed her reservation on holding porn movies responsible for rising rape cases.
Reacting to the on-going protest against porn films in the national capital, Leone said that those who rape women are ‘mentally ill’ and adult movies don’t provoke anybody to do such heinous crimes.
The statement came in the backdrop of ongoing debate over porn movies being dubbed a potent cause for rising graph of sexual harassment incidents as the accused of recent 5-year-old girl rape case in Delhi had revealed that he along with his accomplice watched porn movie before abducting the girl and robbing her chastity.
“People who rape women have psychological problems and they need medical help. Holding porn industry responsible for it will be wrong,” said the 31-year-old actor.
“It also reflects the kind of environment in which people grow as well as their parenting. You can’t pin blame on anything rather character of an individual is accountable for such inhuman act,” she added.
Delhi faced a fresh wave of protests after the minor was brutally raped and left to die in a locked room. The attack came four months after the fatal gang-rape of 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus in the national capital.
It’s worth mentioning that the Supreme Court recently raised concern over the proliferation of pornographic sites on the internet and issued a notice to the Centre seeking its response on the issue.
Back story: from www.theatlanticwire.com – It’s already illegal to sell pornography in India. But the country’s Supreme Court is contemplating an all-out ban on the stuff, and police in the city of Patna are preparing to crack down on cyber cafés and so-called “CD parlors”—places where people download adult films onto their mobile phones—all because they believe it could help curb India’s rape epidemic.
Which, hmm. According to a cop interviewed in The Times of India today, the authorities have determined that there is a connection between porn and rapists. “During investigation of rape cases, it was often found that the rapists regularly watch such movies in their mobile phones. CDs are less in demand because one needs technical set-up for watching such movies in CD form,” the officer said.
That sentiment was echoed by Kamlesh Vaswani, an attorney and the author of a petition that would make viewing porn an non-bailable offense. “I believe that watching porn corrupts people, and many of the crimes that happen to women, girls and children, such as sex-trafficking, are mostly related to pornography,” he tells The New York Times’s India Ink blog.
This is the logic, apparently: Rapists who have been caught watch porn, so porn is one of the major factors in the rapes … so if we eliminate porn, we eliminate rapists! Again: hmm. Hence the push in Patna, a city of around 6 million in India’s northeast, for a porn ban and the elimination of about 500 cyber cafés, described by The Times of India as “small cellphone and recharge shops in Patna where anyone can get porn movies and clippings downloaded at a very cheap rate,” which is gross.
And which raises several questions: What about the part of India’s population of 1.2 billion people that never watches porn and never rapes people? And what about countries with fewer restrictions on porn that have seen their reported rape cases go down? “The incidence of rape in the United States has declined 85 percent over a period of 25 years while access to pornography has increased, according to research by Anthony D’Amato and Glenn Reynolds, both law professors,” report The New York Times’s Neha Thirani Bagri and Heather Timmons.
But one key argument from leading sociologists insists that a different set of rules apply to India than to places like the United States. “India is a society in a phase of transition that is based on a high segregation of men and women,” Ranjana Kumari, the director of the Center for Social Research in New Delhi, tells The New York Times.
“In this environment viewing pornography creates heightened sexual desire and aggression in young men who have no normal interaction with women and that can often lead to violent behavior.” And getting rid of porn, it seems, would be a lot easier fix at the moment than, you know, tackling bigger problems like trying to educate a massive country about its victim-blaming culture, and making sure women aren’t urged by police to marry their attackers.