OTT platforms showing pornographic content needs screening: Supreme Court

OTT platforms showing pornographic content needs screening: Supreme Court

On Thursday, the Supreme Court observed that the Over The Top (OTT) platforms needs some sort of screening on the kind of content it caters to the audience. This observation was made while hearing a petition filed by Amazon India head Aparna Purohit.

The Supreme Court said on Thursday that few over-the-top platforms show some kind of pornographic content at times. The court said that there should be a mechanism to screen such programmes. The bench hearing the petition was headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan and consisted of Justice R S Reddy.

The bench said, “Few OTT platforms are showing some kind of pornographic content.”

The bench further added, “A balance has to be struck as some OTT platforms are also showing pornographic materials on their platforms.”

Amazon India head Aparna Purohit challenged the order passed by Allahabad high court denying pre-arrest bail to her in criminal cases registered in connection with web series ‘Tandav’.

In January 2021, Tandav premiered on Amazon prime and since its release it has been surrounded by several controversies. A petition was filed against the series which alleged that the series mocked the Hindu gods in some of its scenes. The makers of the series were accused of hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus. It was also accused of showing the Uttar Pradesh Police in bad light.

Several complaints were filed against Aparna, ‘Tandav’ director Ali Abbas Zafar, producer Himanshu Kishan Mehra and others.

Aparna’s lawyer, Mukul Rohatgi challenged the Allahabad high court order and said that she is neither a producer, nor an actor but still she has been made an accused in the case. Rohatgi said it was shocking.  

The next hearing has been posted for Friday.  The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to submit the regulations on OTT platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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