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No more smut for erotica lovers!

india Updated: Aug 14, 2006 17:52 IST
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If you have reached this space to satiate your carnal appetite, then you are in for disappointment! There is bad news for porn lovers. Read on...

Capital's Palika Bazzar, hub of blue films and pirated CDs, would soon lose its status as the New Delhi Municipal Council has decided to cancel the lease of all those shop keepers, who were booked by the police under intellectual property right act.

Currently, 15 shop owners have been booked for cancellation of lease and they are under process with the estate department of the civic body. Cancellation proceedings of several others violators are in the pipeline. Sources said, the decision to take extreme action was initiated at the top level.

If all goes as planned, the erotica lovers would find it difficult to find a blue film of their choice. The VCD's and DVD's of the latest movies sell like hot cakes at cheap rates and people from all over the country visit this market to grab their fave copy.

The Palika Bazzar Shopkeepers' Association is actively planning to move the court to stall the civic body's move. Dinesh Gaur, president of the association has something to say: "It is sheer blackmailing. How can the NDMC cancel the lease of shopkeepers who are yet to be proved guilty in the court of law?

"Since the cases are pending, any action of the civic body would amount to the contempt of court. We are seeking legal opinion on the issue."

Sources in the NDMC said, "It is well within the civic body's powers to cancel the lease of any shopkeeper indulging in illegal act or anyone who carry out trade in contravention of the license agreement."

The shopkeepers, who have been served notices, when asked as to what do they plan to do if NDMC cancels their lease, said, "The last resort for us would be to move the court."

And, what about porn watchers? What do they plan to do? "Don't worry. I am in the trade for more than a decade. Piracy can never stop. The dealers here are smart enough and are influential, they would manage," said Ramesh Kumar, a Kanpur-based man who had made bulk purchase from a CD shop in Palika.

Another purchaser said, "I am into video CD renting business and my potential clients like watching blue films. What is bad in it if someone sees such movie in privacy? If the people in Bollywood are thinking seriously to end piracy of their movies, they must lower the price of their CDs so that they become affordable for a layman."

Sources in the piracy trade in Palika Bazzar say, "Whenever a new movie is released, the very next day one can buy the movie cassette for anything above Rs 100. But the price for the wholesale purchasers is just Rs 40 to 50."

The price for a blue film CD completely depends on the face value of the customer. One may get an X-rated CD for Rs 300 whereas the same CD may be available to other for Rs 40!

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