Watching porn at home no offence: Bombay HC

Last Updated: Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 00:09

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday held
that watching porn movies at private residence does not
constitute an offence.

The Court quashed a criminal case filed by Mumbai Police
under section 292 (public exhibition of obscene material) of
IPC against 28 men and 11 women, including some customs
officials.
There was no "public exhibition" as specified in the IPC,
Justice V K Tahilramani held.

Police had filed the case after busting a "rave party" at
Taj Cottage in Prichly Hill at Lonavala on August 26, 2008.

Police alleged that the men were intoxicated, throwing
money at dancing women and watching a porn movie.
But the High Court upheld the contention that the film
was being watched at a private residence and the cottage was
not a hotel or a lodge, so it could not be termed as a "public
place".

Justice Tahilramani said it was not even that anyone from
the public could walk into it at any point. "Hence, it cannot
be said that there was any public exhibition of obscene films
in the bungalow," the judge said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 00:09
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