Somebody clapped on Ranveer Singh’s photoshoot, then someone abused, right or wrong? Know India’s law related to ‘obscenity’-Ranveer Singh Photoshoot nude reaction public actor obscene laws of India

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  • Ranveer Singh surrounded by nude photoshoot
  • Actor shot for paper magazine
  • people trolled on social media

Ranveer Singh Photoshoot: Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh has been embroiled in controversies due to his nude photoshoot. A complaint has been lodged against him in the police station, as well as a lot of trolls have been done on social media. A video from Indore city of Madhya Pradesh made headlines, in which Ranveer’s shoot was linked to ‘mental waste’ and people donated clothes. Platforms like Twitter and Facebook were flooded with memes. People took out as much anger as they could about these pictures. You will also be surprised to know that only men who once looked at the pictures of models like Urfi Javed or Poonam Pandey with great enthusiasm, called the pictures of Ranveer without clothes as obscenity, dirt and by what other names.

Women were also not behind in this, they also took part in the trailing enthusiastically. In such a situation, some such people were also seen on social media, who said that when actresses do such shoots or wear less clothes, then why not get so much outrage against them? Why are her pictures associated with boldness? However, let us tell you beyond all the discussions, Ranveer has got this nude photoshoot done for America’s New York-based Paper Magazine. As soon as Ranveer shared his pictures, then there was an earthquake. They were discussed everywhere and in the meantime an FIR was also registered in the police station of Mumbai. So now in such a situation, we know whether Ranveer Singh has violated the sections of the law?

Why was the FIR registered?

A lawyer and a person running an NGO have filed separate complaints against Ranveer. On the complaint of 50-year-old Lalit Tekchandani, the Chembur police have registered an FIR. Tekchandani told the police that he is a contractor and runs the Shyam Mangaram Foundation. Which works with the widowed wives and children of farmers who have lost their lives by suicide. Tankchandani told the police that when he zoomed in on one of Ranveer’s pictures, he realized that the actor’s private parts were visible.

According to the complainant, on further investigation, he came to know that Ranveer has got this photoshoot done for Paper magazine and he must have earned a lot of money from it. He said that this will affect the youth struggling to get into the industry (Bollywood), they will adopt similar methods to earn money and become famous. Earlier, in November 2014, Paper magazine did a nude photoshoot of actress Kim Kardashian. On the other hand, Ranveer Singh’s photoshoot is said to be a tribute to the late actor Burt Reynolds, who did a nude photoshoot for Cosmopolitan magazine in 1972.

What sections have the police imposed?

The police have booked Ranveer Singh under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 292 (sale of obscene books etc.), 293 (sale of obscene material to youth) and 509 (word, gesture or any act with intent to outrage the dignity of a woman). carrying out the act) and has been booked under section 67A of the Information Technology Act, 2000. Both Sections 292 and 293 are provisions of the colonial era. Which come under the Obscene Publications Act 1925. Now let us talk about all these laws in detail.

Section 292 of IPC- This law prohibits the sale, display and circulation of pornographic material. There is a provision of punishment for violating it. According to this, any book, paper, writing, drawing, pamphlet, figure or any other thing shall be considered obscene if it is sensual or promotes sexuality. Apart from this, if the effect of these things is in such a way that people can be corrupted by hearing, reading or seeing them, then they will also be considered as obscene material. If someone is found guilty in such a case, he has to undergo imprisonment for 2 years and fine of Rs 2000. If found guilty for the second time, the punishment is 5 years imprisonment and fine up to 5000 rupees.

Section 292 was amended in the year 1969. It exempts items such as sculptures or ancient monuments from materials justified as “public good” (in the interest of science etc.) or “religious purposes”.

Section 293 of IPC- If someone sells, displays or distributes pornographic material to a person under the age of 20, then a case can be registered against him under this law. If found guilty for the first time, there is a three-year jail term and a fine of Rs.2000. If someone is found guilty for the second time, then he is sentenced to 7 years imprisonment and has to pay a fine of 5 thousand rupees.

Section 509 of IPC- A case can be registered under this law if any person shows any thing which outrages the dignity of a woman or says or does anything which is insulting to the dignity of the woman. If found guilty, he faces up to 3 years in prison. Apart from this, fine may also have to be paid.

Ranveer Singh Nude Photoshoot

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Ranveer Singh Nude Photoshoot

IT Act 67(A)- Any person who publishes any such material through electronic means, which is either erotic or promotes sexuality, then he can be booked under this law. If found guilty under this law, there is a punishment of 5 years imprisonment and fine up to 10 lakh rupees. If someone is found guilty for the second time, he can be punished with imprisonment of up to 7 years and fine up to Rs 10 lakh.

What is obscenity, how do courts find out?

According to the information, till the year 2014, the judges in the court used to decide through the ‘Hicklin test’ which material is obscene and which is not. The name of the Test was derived from a case that surfaced in England in the year 1868. It is said that in the Hicklin test it is seen whether any pornographic material is influencing a person immorally. However, later it was not used because in it that material was also considered obscene, which only affected people with a weak mentality. This was also said to be the biggest drawback of this test.

Whereas in America, obscenity is detected by the Roth test. Let’s take a case of our own country. In Avik Sarkar v State of West Bengal, the Supreme Court had examined the case on the basis of the Routh test rather than the Hicklin test. While hearing the matter, the Supreme Court had said, “The question of obscenity has to be seen in the context in which either the picture is shown or the message it wants to convey.” This test states that nudity should be measured from the perspective of an ordinary person, taking into account immediate social norms, rather than a group of vulnerable people.

On the other hand, if we talk about punishment to Ranveer Singh, then there is very little chance of him getting punished. By registering a complaint in such cases, both the complainant as well as the celebrity get into the news and they get publicity. In the initial phase, there is relief from the courts and a lot of time passes for the final decision of the case. This process is ultimately considered punishment and the person against whom a complaint is filed is usually not punished.

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