Pornography is the presentation or production of sexually explicit pictures, writings or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual stimulation or arousal. Recurring themes of pornography include multiple rapes, men planning and executing a rape which the victim enjoys despite some initial resistance, sadism and profaning of sacred. To some extent pornography does overlaps with obscenity though latter covers a broader picture than former. Pornography has often been found as threat to social order and the consumption of pornography represents an indulgence of licentious sexual tastes which itself symbolises rebellion again social norms and constraints. Before the technological advancement that 21st century witnessed the access to such materials were limited so as the problems arising out of it. But due to the revolution brought about by the internet in communication, internet form pornography has taken its flow. This form is readily available and easily accessible. Now a day’s children and teenagers are the worst addict of pornography because of available-in-a-click feature of internet pornography. Internet pornography has added ten times to the problems and sufferings to the society as it was before the advent of the internet. In this paper we have tried to highlight different kind of physical harm, psychological side-effect, direct or indirect, proven or speculative harm of internet pornography and solutions to them with proposed legal regulations needed to combat internet pornography, proven or speculative harm of internet pornography and solutions to them with proposed legal regulations needed to combat internet pornography. As this hardcore pornography is sold more, its demand, production and need for porn performers also increases which leads to the more exploitation of teens. The addiction of it leads to anonymous public sexual encounters which spread STDs, moreover chances of HIVs. Marital ties are evaporating as youth are being prone to more degrading and violence. The values and lifestyle propagated by the internet pornography is slowly taking the society to an irretrievable breakdown of character, ethics and morality. The mental and psychological consequences are graver. Due to non-fulfilment of sexual fantasies fuelled by porn sites most of the youth are adapting themselves with non-natural sex and indulge themselves in organized crime like sexual assaults, molestations and rape. Other than counselling, parental control and safety & privacy filters, some stricter legal punishment preferably penal has become a must to curb this menace. The production, distribution as well as reception of the obscene material should be criminalized to help the teenagers being exploited in porn industry and the teenagers getting addicted as done in the US by communications Decency Act, 1996.Softcore and Hardcore Pornography should equally be banned and should be treated as illegal without any exceptions. Censorship and Right to Privacy should duly be taken care of by the ISPs and for this purpose guidelines should be laid down at the earliest. As adopted by US, UK and other European countries online laws should be enacted to ensure that these materials must not fall in the hands of minors as held in the International Conference on Combating Children Pornography on the Internet, 1999.
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Student, B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), National Law University, Jodhpur
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