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Southasia - - Briefing -

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.

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