GOOD tidings are in the offing. The honourable Supreme Court has stated unequivocally that the Central Government, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and other social marketing sites have agreed to stamp out pornographic videos from their respective platforms. This is undeniably a great piece of information for which the larger society was waiting. The bench of Mr. Justice Madan Lokur and Mr. Justice U.U. Lalit has done well to bring the issue to head. However, the issue does not stop only at pornographic videos, but extends to other undesirable materials such as online games in which no norms of decency, morality and self-discipline are followed. This material, beyond just the pornographic stuff, is also equally dangerous for and injurious to individual and social good in countless manners, so much so that many youngsters indulging in those online games have committed suicides as part of the story. Such materials, too, need to be stamped out from all platforms of Internet and allied tools.
Thus, the need is to expand the scope of action of deletion of objectionable materials from all forms of virtual media so that nobody in the society can access those and acquire perverse ideology and ideas. A lot of legal thinking will have to be done in order to achieve such a widespread ban on undesirable content. The beginning of all the activity will have to be done by seeking appropriate definitions of what is undesirable and fit that into legal parlance so that subsequent action will have a legal permission and constitutional validity.
That done, the Government and its law-enforcing agencies can start clamping down on individuals or organisations that still indulge in uncouth activity on virtual media platforms by way of pornographic materials or dangerous and dirty online games that have the ability to capture the imagination of young minds whose sense of right or wrong is yet to evolve and consolidate. Such a clamping down is necessary to protect the society’s moral health and spiritual fibre.
Of course, this will be the legal route that must be taken at all levels. But if the society wishes to register a lasting victory in the battle against pornography and online crime-games, then much action will have to be initiated in the social arena, operating through families or schools and subsequently in colleges. Much effort will have to be made by the whole society to ensure that its young generations do not fall prey to immoral and unethical ways of entertainment and pastime.
When the effort to mould the young minds begins right in the family, in the kitchen, at the dining table, during playtime, then its value will be immense. In addition to all that, if the children are motivated to take to reading of books, and also introduced to disciplined activity to build muscles and mind, much greater goal of having young generations educated in moral grooming will be achieved.
This should be the actual goal of human civilisation. This should also be the strategy to build a healthier society in which morality has a sway over unthinking actions of not just the youngsters but also of the elders. This may appear boorish to many socalled modern (and also pseudo) intellectuals. Yet, a deeper thought to the idea will convince them that such a moral stance is absolutely necessary to maintain moral health of the larger society. If the honourable Supreme Court is initiating certain standard action against the ill-effects of the Internet on the millennial generation, then the larger society also has to play a positive role in aiding the overall thought and its implementation.
Thus, in other words, what we need to do now is to expand the scope of the idea not just to regulate the virtual media, but also to have a greater moral weight on the larger social entity. The idea is to ensure that we leave no scope for anybody to sneak into social domain dirty pornographic sites or dangerous online games that mislead impressionable minds to take to wrong ways of behaviour and stray into wrong lanes of life.