Indecent representation of women on digital messaging platforms such as WhatsApp and Skype has been proposed to be made illegal, according to the amendments proposed by the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry.
The recommendations include amending the definition of term advertisement to include digital form or electronic form or hoardings, or through SMS, MMS etc.
It also proposes amending the definition of distribution to include publication, license or uploading using computer resource, or communication device or in
insertion of a new definition to define the term publish.
The amendments to widen the scope of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986 are based on the observations made by a parliamentary standing committee and recommendations from the National Commission for Women.
WCD has proposed amendments to prevent indecent representation of women through any media form, keeping in mind the recent technological advancement in the field of communications.
The draft bill also proposes penalty similar to that provided under the Information Technology Act, 2000 and creation of a centralised authority under the aegis of the National Commission of Women.
This authority will be headed by Member Secretary, NCW, having representatives from Advertising Standards Council of India, Press Council of India, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and one member having experience of working on women issues.
The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act (IRWA), 1986 prohibits indecent representation of women through advertisements, publications, writings, paintings, figures or in any other manner.
(With inputs from PTI)
First Published: IST