Say no to harassment
The Bangladesh cabinet has approved the country’s first ever pornography law after public scandals over a string of celebrity sex tapes on the Internet. The cabinet last month approved an act with provision for seven to 10year imprisonment for indulging in acts related to pornography.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government said it would introduce a Pornography Control Act 2011 in parliament to make production and distribution of pornography punishable by up to ten years in jail while the highest fine will be Tk 500,000. The proposed act also bans storing and marketing pornographic material. According to a statement released by the interior ministry, the law was being formulated to save the youth from moral degradation. Lately, pornography has made inroads into this Muslim-majority society like a contagious disease through the Internet and other mobile phone technologies.
Earlier this year, a married television actress in Bangladesh was forced to go into hiding after an obscene video was circulated online showing her with her lover. In April this year, another video hit the Internet showing a popular female host of World Cup Cricket coverage with an unidentified man. Police says the existing laws do not enable them to prosecute those involved in producing or distributing such videos.