New Delhi: Days after
a civil court asked various websites to remove objectionable
content, a Delhi court Friday issued summons to 21 websites and
social networking sites including Facebook, Google, Yahoo and
YouTube for allegedly hosting obscene and derogatory content.
Taking cognizance of the case on a private criminal complaint
filed by journalist Vinay Rai, Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh
Kumar observed that the material submitted by the complainant
contained obscene picture and derogatory articles pertaining to
various Hindu gods, Prophet Mohammad and Jesus Christ.
The magistrate directed the central government to take immediate
appropriate step on the objectionable contents of the sites, and
file its report by Jan 13.
"It appears from a bare perusal of the documents that prima facie
the accused are selling, publicly exhibiting and have put into
circulation obscene, lascivious content which also appears to the
prurient interests and tends to deprave and corrupt the persons
who are likely to read, see or hear the same," the court said.
"It is also evident that such contents are continuously opened and
freely available to everyone who is using the said network
irrespective of their age and even the persons under the age of 18
years have full and uncensored access to such obscene contents,"
The magistrate has summoned the accused companies to face trial
for allegedly committing the offence punishable under section 292
(sale of obscene books etc), 293 (sale of obscene objects to young
person etc) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
On Monday, a civil court of Delhi had ordered these sites to
remove objectionable images.