A plea has been filed in the High Court of Delhi seeking direction to constitute a body to screen & ban all non-film songs available on the internet having obscene/vulgar content with immediate effect.
The plea also seeks direction to constitute a regulatory authority/censor board to censor/review the non-film songs, their lyrics & videos which are made available to the general public through various media platforms like Television, YouTube, etc & make it mandatory for composers of non-film songs to receive certification before such songs are made available in the public domain.
The bench of Justice DN Patel & Justice Jasmeet Singh on Wednesday issued notice to the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting & Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology & slated the matter for further hearing on May 17.
The petitioners — practising lawyers Neha Kapoor & Mohit Bhadu — stated that if such content is not regulated, the same would tantamount to a regressive approach when our country is still striving towards gender equality & not objectifying women & giving them a safe environment to live.
They further said that such non-film songs appear to instigate people to misbehave with women, objectify them & promote drug/alcohol abuse apart from other crimes which are clearly evident from their lyrics & the same will have an impact on society at large, especially the youth, as they are exposed to it & are most vulnerable to the same in their tender age of learning.
The plea reads, “There is an immediate requirement of a regulatory authority & censor board to censor & review non-film songs, their lyrics & music video being played on various platforms like YouTube, Spotify, Gaana.com, Instagram etc for public listening & viewing which are being shared in the society without any restrictions as such unregulated content has an adverse effect on the public, especially the youth, to instigate them to objectify & embarrass women & are against women rights to a free & fair society”.