IT’S ATROCIOUS but true. Porn is being sold on the Net draped in the Tricolour! While the national flag reflects the theme India, the national emblem — the Ashok Chakra — forms the background as sleazy pictures of nude Indian girls keep popping up. To cater to the voyeuristic tastes of netizens, the ‘bold’ images are peppered with seedy annotations.
All this is happening at sexindia.com, a popular porn site. A business venture of the Digital Karma Limited, Folsom, California, the site uses the Tricolour theme and the emblem to identify erotica with the land of the Kamasutra.
Popular among youths and teens alike, it’s not just the home page but all web pages of the site that have the Tricolour theme and the emblem.
Apart from giving the Indian look, the other USP that the site boasts of is amateur Indian girls indulging in obscene acts. “How can they display the Tricolour theme with the national insignia? This in an insult to the nation,” fumes BJP MLA Salil Bishnoi.
“The site not only promotes vulgarity at the cost of Indian culture but also maligns the Tricolour to suit its business interest. It is condemnable and the site owners should be punished.”
Bishnoi is consulting legal experts before taking up the issue with the authorities concerned.
As far as the law goes, pornographic sites are prohibited under the Indian Information Technology Act, 2000. In Para 67 of Chapter XI, running porn sites is a punishable offence.
Further, the Flag Code of India, 2002, too makes misuse of the Tricolour and the emblem a punishable offence.
Section V of part two of this code clearly outlines where and how the flag can be used. In case of misuse, the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act and Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act levy severe penalties. The Kanpur Bar was tryinglegal ways to get the site banned, said Bar president SP Singh said. The police, however, have undertaken an exercise to keep a check on the site. IGP Rizwan Ahmed said the cyber cafe owners were being sent detailed instructions to dissuade Net surfers from logging on to the site.