Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, Anurag Thakur, emphasized that the Indian government will not tolerate obscenity or foul language on OTT platforms. In a statement on Sunday, he stated that the government will not hesitate to intervene if someone “crosses the limit.” Thakur warned that “abusing in the name of creativity will not be tolerated” and that if there is a need to change the rules regarding this, the ministry will consider doing so.
College Romance criticized by Delhi High Court
Thakur’s remarks come days after Delhi High Court’s scathing criticism of the web series “College Romance.” The court stated that the sexually explicit language used in the content could negatively impact impressionable viewers because it was widely available. The court urged the government to take steps to check the language on such platforms and declared that the series contains “obscene, lascivious, and profane content.” The judge even said that she needed to use headphones to watch episodes because the language was “so foul and obscene.”
Producer must address issues first, says Thakur
Thakur explained that the producer must address the issue first before the complaints are resolved at the association level. If the complaints are not resolved there, then strict action is taken at the departmental committee level, according to the current rules in place. The Minister stated that the department is taking the increase in complaints very seriously and that they will consider making changes if necessary.
Supreme Court denies new OTT censorship system
Last year, the Indian Supreme Court denied a petition seeking a new OTT censorship system. The petitioner, Sujeet Kumar Singh, had asked the court to convene a preview committee to review all forms of OTT content prior to its release. The Court stated that such a process was impossible.
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