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NWI Exclusive Debate: Should Porn Be Banned In India To Encourage 'Swachh Soch'?

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| October 2 , 2017 , 14:41 IST

On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the Flag Foundation of India, in association with News World India has launched a campaign 'Swachh Soch, Strong Values Strong India' with a belief that for a true 'Swachh Bharat', the nation needs people to have clean mindsets along with clean surroundings.

One of the major problems that the nation faces is with sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape, with increasingly shocking reports surfacing every day revealing victims ranging from old ladies to tender young girls and everyone in between.

Along with the rise in incidents of sexual violence, there has also been a significant rise in viewership of porn websites. According to reports, nearly 25 crore people in India watch porn. Rapists and sexual molesters have also admitted to watching porn and how it influenced their actions. Regular watching of pornography often results in addiction and subsequent de-sensitisation to sexual violence.

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Although, people claim that what they watch privately is their own choice, but when pornography is affecting the minds of people so deeply, is it a matter to be ignored? Children as young as 8 years old have gotten access to porn which is freely available online and on mobile phones.

While the government attempted to ban porn sites in 2014, it was not successful as the public demanded their rights. So, the choice to quit porn actually lies in the hand of the viewer themselves.

News World India debated the issue, of whether porn should be banned to facilitate 'cleaner' thoughts, along with special guests BJP leader Shaina NC, AAP leader Alka Lambha, Samajwadi Party Spokesperson Pankhuri Pathak, Congress leader Sarmishtha Mukherjee and lawyer Rekha Aggarwal.

Watch the debate below: