Cyber pornography In COVID19 Scenario: An Indian Perspective
Keywords:COVID19 Pandemic, cyber-social, Cyber Pornography, technology.
The COVID19 Pandemic has caused many transitions in the socio-cultural dynamics of people and their living styles in the present times. The changes have been drastic and resulted in rapid and unusual behavioural transformations. The demand of COVID19 Pandemic was to instil physical distancing in humankind, causing social sabotage that in turn caused an increase in the indoor activities of man. The COVID19 pandemic guidelines have been instrumental in making the social human into a cyber-social human by adding to an increase in indoor activities. Post the intrusion of the COVID19 virus there has been a rise to many new cyber and social media involvements. Long time spent on the cyber space has been instrumental in elevating interest in Cyber Pornography. The increased viewing of Cyber Pornography in a fairly conservative Indian society has been alarming off late. The implications are far more severe than expected, leading to various harmful social and psychological implications. With online education as a new normal during the COVID19 Pandemic, availability of cheap data, increased ownership of smart phones and several online digital Apps and Over The Top (OTT) platforms available for free and for subscribed viewing of such adult content; the challenge lies in curtailing the available virtual pornographic content on the Indian cyberspace and enacting suitable laws for the same. In India the availability of Cyber Pornography is an offence under section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000, however the contradiction in the same Act exists when it comes to viewing Cyber porn which is not considered an offence except for viewing Child Pornography that is considered a transgression.