Nitish Kumar Writes To PM, Urges Him To Ban Porn Citing 'rising In Rapes'

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has written to PM Modi, asking him to ban all pornographic websites. The request comes amid rise in atrocities against women

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in a letter written to PM Modi has urged him to ban all pornographic websites in the country. The request from the JD(U) chief comes in the wake of the rise in atrocities against women and cases of rape. The Chief Minister wrote in his letter that a large number of children and youth are watching pornographic, violent and inappropriate content which is undesirable.

The letter further read that in many cases, videos of rape incidents are being circulated on social media. Moreover, claimed that this kind of material 'severely affects' the brain of children and some youngsters. In many cases, the use of such material has been seen as a factor in such crimes, the letter alleged. 

Referring to the infamous rape and murder case of Hyderabad after which a couple of similar incidents have been reported from Buxar and Samastipur districts of Bihar, Kumar on December 6 said he was planning to write a letter to the centre seeking a complete ban on such sites across the country.

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Nitish Kumar on rape & porn

"A disgusting trend has been witnessed..incidents involving women in far-off Hyderabad, in Bihar, in UP.. in all places. I have always expressed reservations about the social media and the ill-effects of technology, while not denying its enormous benefits", Kumar who is techno-savvy and an engineer by training said here.

The chief minister was in this north Bihar district on the final day of the first phase of his "Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali Yatra" during which he proposes to cover the entire length and breadth of the state with his message for environmental conservation and combating climate change. In his nearly 45-minute-long address, Kumar referred to sexual crimes after speaking about his thrust on climate change which, he asserted, was in line with his social reform measures like prohibition and campaigns against child marriage and dowry.

Ever since the sale and consumption of alcohol were banned, many people some of them highly learned ones have been unhappy with me. They tend to overlook all the good deeds of our government because of their frustration with prohibition, he remarked wryly. "But make no mistake. Neither are we going to make any compromise on the step that has already been taken? Nor are we going to let laxity creep in maintaining law and order, he added before veering towards the issue of rapes.

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"I am told about these porn sites...people commit heinous acts against girls and women, get these filmed and upload the disgusting clips. Those watching these naturally become vulnerable to perversions. I would urge the youths to stay away from these", Kumar said. "I have read in newspapers about members of the civil society taking up cudgels against porn. I laud this effort and I would myself write to the centre to place a complete ban on such sites", Kumar added.

The utterances of the Bihar chief minister, who has over the years championed women's emancipation and welfare and challenge the state's retrograde social order based on patriarchy, came on a day when four suspects of the rape and murder of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad were killed in a police encounter. Less than a week after the incident in the southern metropolis caused nationwide outrage, charred bodies of unidentified women were found on two consecutive days in Buxar and Samastipur after suspected sexual assault.

 

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