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MPs’ panel wants ban on porn for kids

THE ASIAN AGE. | SREEPARNA CHAKRABARTY
Published : Dec 4, 2019, 2:12 am IST
Updated : Dec 4, 2019, 2:12 am IST

Some of the other suggestions are control over the sale of alcohol and time-bound punishment for culprits.

Vijila Sathyanath
 Vijila Sathyanath

New Delhi: Seeking ways to prevent heinous crimes against women like the Hyderabad gangrape and murder, a group of Rajya Sabha MPs feel that there should be a total ban on children’s access to pornography.

The informal group of 14 MPs called the “Study Group”, which has representatives from 10 political parties met for the first time at AIADMK MP Vijila Sathyanath’s residence on Monday evening.

The group briefed Rajya Sabha chairperson M. Venkaiah Naidu Tuesday morning and said that one of the foremost suggestions was that children’s access to pornography should be banned.

“Nowadays everybody has a smart phone and with it the access to internet and pornography. This issue needs to be addressed first and foremost,” one of the MPs who briefed the chairperson said.

Some of the other suggestions are control over the sale of alcohol and time-bound punishment for culprits.  

The group has decided to hold further discussions with stakeholders to be consulted which include civil society groups, parent groups, law enforcement agencies, regulators like TRAI and social media companies like WhatsApp, Google and Facebook, sources said.  

The Informal Group formed include Vinay P. Shasrabuddhe, Rajeev Chandrashekar  and Roopa Ganguly of BJP, Jairam Ramesh,  Rajeev Gowda and Amee Yajnik of the Congress, Derek O’ Brien of Trinamul Congress, Tiruchi Siva of DMK, Vijila Sathyanath of AIADMK, Jaya Bachchan of Samajwadi Party, Smt. Vandana Chavan of NCP, Amar Patnaik of BJD,  Kahkashan Perween of JD(U)  and Sanjay Singh of AAP.

The members who met Mr Naidu this morning include  Mr Sahasrabuddhe, Mr Ramesh, Ms Bachchan, Ms Chavan, and Mr Siva.

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