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Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019

National conference on complex sexualities in digital contexts: ‘Internet is for porn, rest is a small part’

Psychologists, doctors, show knowledge gap between virtual and real domain spaces, especially for adults

pune Updated: Oct 07, 2019 16:43 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
The national conference, held at Hotel LemonTree on Saturday, saw a packed house in attendance.
The national conference, held at Hotel LemonTree on Saturday, saw a packed house in attendance.(Shankar Narayan/HT PHOTO)
         

The terms “Pubg”, “pornography” and “paedophilia” held the attenion of psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors and mental health champions for the better part of Saturday at KEM hospital in Pune.

The conference was national in nature but the online interests, offline consequences and the navigating of complex sexualities in digital contexts was quite easily a global phenomenon touching the lives of millions.

Speakers at the conference, organised by KEM Hospital reasearch centre, included Sonali Patankar, president, Ahaan foundation and founder of Responsible Netism; Rohit Srivastwa, cybersecurity expert; advocate NS Nappinai, who practices in the Supreme Court and is advisor to the Maharashtra cyberpolice; Dr Harish Shetty, a psychiatrist who works in various riot-stricken and child sexual abuse cases; Sumit Narula, director and associate professor at Amity School of Communication; Professor Klaus Beier, director of Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine, Charité, University clinic of Berlin; and Dr Nitin Anand, associate professor of clinical psychology and a consultant at Nimhans, Bengaluru.