Yesterday, the government of India banned condom Ads to be aired on TV during 6 AM to 10 PM. There are innumerable debates on news channels and social media on this issue. Almost everybody is giving his/her opinion- supporting as well as opposing the move.
Yesterday, I have had a discussion with no less than 12 people of my locality and their replies are so eye-opener. One uncle called it a welcome move because he thinks condoms are not something to be discussed in open while other called condom an impure substance. Someone supported it by calling condoms ads unsanskari. I also got some voices opposing the government’s move.
Jagrati Shukla, a well-known journalist tweeted:
No condom advertisements from 6 am to 10 pm: Smriti Irani’s ministry says it is ‘indecent for children’ Disagree. If @MIB_India want, they can regulate Ads, set guidelines. Why Ban? Why this Moral Policing?Our children deserve to know about Sex and use of Condoms, no?
No condom advertisements from 6 am to 10 pm: Smriti Irani’s ministry says it is ‘indecent for children’ Disagree. If
@MIB_India want, they can regulate Ads, set guidelines. Why Ban? Why this Moral Policing?Our children deserve to know about Sex and use of Condoms,no?
While Pooja Vyas declared it a ridiculous decision by the government.
No condoms ads from 6 am to 10 pm is such a ridiculous decision. When porn videos are freely available on the internet. Instead of banning these ads govt. should set guidelines for it and sex education and awareness should start in childhood.
Recently, we have seen many mindless decisions by the government which are being accepted by the people- whether it was demonetization or the decision by the UP government to force schools to remain open on PM’s birthday or the issue of standing for the national anthem prior to the start of a movie. Now, keep these debates aside for a moment. While all these discussions are going on, nobody questions why these kinds of bans are forced by the government and majority of the population are, literary happy with it? Why the government is so confident that whatever rules it forces in the name of SANSKAR the public will accept it without questioning them?
The acceptance of the people on these issues shows a different image of the country. It gives a negative image of India, as a society. It exposes the level of illiteracy prevailing in our country. It also exposes the low mentality of our people who couldn’t think beyond their religion or culture. According to Wikipedia, the estimated number of people living with HIV was 2.08 million in 2011. India is a country where 15.5 million abortion took place in 2015 (source). And what to say about the population of the country which is set to overtake China in next 20-25 years to become the most populated country in the world. Instead of banning the condoms ads, the government should go home to home to make the public aware of the increasing population, its consequences and the role of condoms. The people of India are utterly ignorant on the issue of increasing population. In the majority part of the country, a newborn child is supposed to be the gift of God. Condoms are still irrelevant there. Also, the unawareness plays a vital role in making condoms less popular. Now think, do think about the condoms ads ban in the country. Don’t you think India need many more condoms ads? Don’t you think India needs it more than any other country in the world does? The government knows that the people of India are so obsessed with the culture and so-called sanskar that not many would question the ban. The government knows that the voters are not literate enough to question these things. They play with public’s mind and take advantage of public’s being uneducated.