Obscenity laws in India regulate pornography. Obscenity is defined in the Indian Penal Code, 1860, whereas pornography requires sex as an essential ingredient and pornography is not defined anywhere in the Indian Statues. During the recent Coronavirus pandemic, pornography got a pandemic boost; India reports a 95% rise in viewing such explicit content. As per the IPC, 1860, under Section 293, it is prohibited to sell pornographic books in India. According to a media report, about 86% of the 25% of the Indian youth population is watching pornographic videos in many different ways, be it SMS, MMS, Internet, Magazines, Movies. Even though several Indian telecom operators have jammed several adult sites, the content is still accessed on new domains. A layman’s definition of pornography is based on the subordination of women over men.
Furthermore, the publication of sexually explicit materials, which tend to deprave and corrupt the mind of people, exploitation of workers engaged in pornography and sexual explicitness of the product; are some of identifying factors of pornography. It includes portraying people involved in or descriptions of ultimate sexual acts, including vaginal or anal intercourse, fellatio, cunnilingus and masturbation. Male counterparts view the majority of this; thus, it can be easily interpreted why there is so much increase in the crime rate in India for women.