In an advisory to all television channels on December 11, the information and broadcasting ministry asked them to restrict airing of condom advertisements to slots between 10 pm and 6 am, as these “could be indecent/inappropriate for viewing by children“.
The NGO claimed that the action of the ministry was against the interest of public.The applicant, in the PIL, has mentioned that the country’s population is expanding with leaps and bounds and in this reference, people need to be made aware of contraceptives.
The NGO also claimed the move showed the “hypocritical approach” of the government, wherein it is on the one hand promoting family planning and awareness about AIDS and STD, but on the other, it is obstructing dissemination of condom advertisements that are crucial for family planning, reducing abortion deaths and awareness about HIV-AIDS and STD (sexually transmitted diseases).
The plea noted “There is not an iota of reason as to how an advertisement for condom is an unhealthy practice.”
Earlier, the ministry said that it was brought to its notice that some channels carried advertisements of condoms repeatedly which were alleged to be indecent, especially for children.