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‘Even Pornography Shown On OTT Platforms’: SC Asks Centre For ‘Balance’ Of Content

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OTT Platforms: The Supreme Court on Thursday made its observation of the content being streamed on Over The Top (OTT) platforms while hearing a petition filed by Amazon India head, Aparna Purohit.

Justice Ashok Bhushan said, “Few OTT platforms are showing some kind of pornographic content”. Aparna Purohit pleaded against the judgement of Allahabad high court which denied her pre-arrest bail in a criminal case filed against her over a web-series Tandav.

The court ordered a second hearing of the matter on Friday and has asked the centre to present the regulations on OTT platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The bench which also comprised of Justice R S Reddy said that a “balance has to be struck” as the court observed that some OTT platforms are showing pornographic materials on their platforms.

Purohit’s lawyer challenged the High court ruling and said that she is neither an actor nor a producer of the web-series yet she has been made an accused in the Tandav case. The lawyer Mukul Rohatgi called it “shocking”. The web-series came under fire as many accused it of hurting the religious sentiments of people by mocking the Hindu gods in some of the scenes. Premiered in January this year, many FIRs were lodged against the series makers and actors including Amazon head Aparna Purohit.

As the series also had a fictionary representation of UP police, complaints were against them for showing the UP police in a bad light. Read more about the case here.