Sunday, February 25, 2024

Zero Tolerance for Obscene Content

L-RRamesh Shinde(National Spokesperson Hindu Janajagruti Samiti)Uday Mahurkar (Founder Save Culture Save Bharat Foundation)Swati Goel Sharma (Co- Founder, Gems of Bollywood) addressing media

Coalition Declares War on Sexually Perverted Material* 

- Studies have established that sexually explicit content is a primary factor contributing to the increase in sexual assaults.

- SCSB Foundation recommended implementing a comprehensive ban on such content, enforced through legal measures, including imprisonment and the establishment of a Law of Ethics Code for all OTT platforms, designating such content as Anti-National Activity.

- The SCSB Foundation suggests that the production of sexual content should be considered a cognizable and non-bailable offense, with the burden of proof placed on the accused.


Mumbai, 24th Feb. 2024: In response to recent shocking cases of rape that have rattled the nation, the Save Culture Save Bharat Foundation (SCSBF), alongside Gems of Bollywood and Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, is redoubling its efforts to tackle the underlying causes of such heinous crimes. Led by esteemed former Central Information Commissioner Uday Mahurkar, the Save Culture Save Bharat Foundation (SCSBF) is spearheading a call to action to curb the proliferation of sexually perverted and incestuous content on Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms.

These organizations jointly organized a press conference to address the urgent need to combat the production of sexually perverted content in India. Recent incidents, such as the rape and murder of a sister by her own brother in Kasganj, Uttar Pradesh, and the assault on a five-year-old girl by two young boys in Gonda, underscore a disturbing trend. Shockingly, perpetrators in these cases admitted to being influenced by sexually explicit content, particularly incest-based pornography, readily available on their smartphones.

The coalition of organizations advocates stringent laws to classify the production and distribution of such content as anti-national activity. They call for the enactment of a robust Code of Ethics, imposing severe penalties, including imprisonment for individuals involved in creating, disseminating, or promoting sexually perverted content as a cognizable and non-bailable offense.

Additionally, they demand that violators of this code be denied bail for a minimum of three years and undergo a speedy trial within four months of charges being filed.

Recognizing the urgent need for legislative reform, the coalition urges amendments to the Information Technology Act to streamline the classification and regulation of objectionable content. Specifically, they propose the categorization of sexually perverted material into a distinct group, with access restricted to individuals verified through biometric authentication linked to their Aadhaar card.

"The time has come for India to assert its cultural sovereignty and uphold the values enshrined in our heritage," remarked *Uday Mahurkar, Former Central Information Commissioner, Government of India, and Founder of Save Culture Save Bharat Foundation.*

 "By confronting the scourge of sexually perverted content head-on, we can safeguard our nation's moral fabric and realize our vision of a culturally upright Bharat."

The foundation is deeply disturbed by content that glorifies inappropriate and incestuous relationships, such as those between family members or students and teachers. This kind of content is harmful to our society. We demand tough punishment for those who create such vulgar content to ensure it stops immediately. Those who break our cultural values will face consequences for their actions.”

Shri Mahurkar expressed his belief that India will achieve its goals of becoming strong in the economy, military, and science by 2047. But he asked, can India also become a morally upright nation?

“The key to India's success and its goal of being a leader in the world depends on tackling the problem of sexually explicit content. This content threatens our society and is a big challenge for the new India,” Shri Mahurkar said firmly.

 *Sanjeev Newar, IIT-IIM Graduate, Data Scientist, Vedic Scholar, and Founder of Gems of Bollywood,* expressed, "As purveyors of entertainment, we have a moral obligation to promote content that uplifts and inspires. Gems of Bollywood is proud to collaborate with like-minded organizations in this noble cause."

 *Ramesh Shinde, National Spokesperson of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, added,* "Our organization stands firm in its resolve to uphold traditional values and combat the dissemination of objectionable content that undermines the sanctity of Indian culture. We call upon policymakers and stakeholders to join us in this crucial endeavor."


*Swati Goel Sharma, Eminent Journalist & Activist* , emphasized, "The propagation of sexually perverted material not only erodes our cultural values but also contributes to social malaise. It is imperative that we unite to combat this growing menace and protect the dignity of our society."

In collaboration with Gems of Bollywood, the coalition has released a comprehensive White Paper titled 'OTT Objectionable Content Research,' exposing the proliferation of objectionable material across major OTT platforms. This research underscores the urgent need for collective action to safeguard India's cultural integrity and protect vulnerable segments of society, particularly women and children, from its deleterious effects.

Save Culture Save Bharat Foundation & the coalition have strong support of eminent personalities like RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankar , Yoga guru Swami Ramdev, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Maha Mandleshwar of Juna Akhada Swami Avdheshanand Giri ji, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh ji , UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ji and Gujarat CM Bhupendra bhai Patel besides many others. 

The coalition invites citizens, policymakers, and influencers to join its crusade against the proliferation of sexually perverted content and to stand united in defense of India's cultural heritage. Together, they can ensure that India emerges not only as an economic, military, and scientific powerhouse but also as a beacon of cultural excellence on the global stage.

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