Netflix and Amazon Prime, which offer video streaming service in India, may face ban in India. A PIL has been filed in the Delhi High Court against Amazon Prime and Netflix. This petition has been filed by an NGO.
Netflix, Amazon Prime may Face Ban In India – Delhi HC Will Hear PIL Against Vulgar Content!
The NGO named “Justice for Rights Foundation” filed a petition against Netflix and Amazon Prime, named after. NGO has said in its petition that Netflix and Amazon Prime are showing pornographic or vulgar content in India which is not fair. Netflix and Amazon Prime have alleged that they are displaying inappropriate, sexually related, religiously and legally restricted videos on-demand on their platform.
According to NGO lawyer Harpreet Singh Hora, videos such as the Sacred Game, Game of Thrones should be banned in India as soon as possible. To ban such TV or video shows, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has been requested in August 2018 itself.
It has also been said in the petition that apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime are breaking many laws together in India, including the Indian Penal Code, Information Technology Act 2000, Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, Consumer Protection Act 1986.
Will Netflix, Amazon Prime Be Banned?
In the petition, the main issue is showing illegal, and morally inept content on these on-demand web shows.
However, the petitioners have stated that till the time these shows are banned, the High Court can pass an order, and ban Amazon Prime, Netflix from showing their content in India.
The petition clearly states that the Netflix, Amazon Prime and other such apps break several laws: Indian Penal Code, Information Technology Act 2000, The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986 and more.
As per the plea: “As an interim relief, the petition also seeks a ban on Netflix, Amazon and other online platforms till the regulations are framed. Next date of Hearing is on November 14.”
What Will Happen Now?
A similar PIL was filed by advocate Divya Gontia in Bombay High Court, against AltBalaji for broadcasting their show ‘Gandi Baat’ and against Netflix for ‘Sacred Games’.
In their response, the Bombay High Court issued a notice to Information and Broadcasting Ministry and asked them to respond.
This petition was filed at the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court and had argued that these shows contain “obscene, nude and vulgar scenes” which are cognizable offences under the Cinematograph Act, Indian Penal Code, Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act and Information Technology Act.
Now, both of these PILs can be expected to be combined, and a bench will hear these cases on November 14th.
In case the arguments are accepted, then Netflix and Amazon Prime, along with Alt Balaji and other on-demand entertainment apps can face a possible ban as well.
We will keep you updated, as more details come in.