New ‘Obscene Publications’ Bill to be drafted

Thinappuyal English September 24, 2020 Comments Off on New ‘Obscene Publications’ Bill to be drafted


The Government has taken measures to draft a new bill on “Obscene Publications” to curb child ponorgraphy.

The Cabinet of Ministers who met on Monday (21) under the auspices of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa approved a proposal made by Justice Minister Ali Sabry to advise the Legal Draftment to proceed with the preparation of the proposed bill.

Accordingly, the Legal Drafting will also be advised to proceed with the drafting process based on the document containing the information required to draft a new bill prepared by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team on the advice of the Attorney General, the Cabinet of Ministers said in a statement yesterday.

“Posting child pornography through Information Technology and other media have seen an increase in recent years. Although the provisions are included in the Penal Code and the Obscene

Publications Ordinance to deal with such matters, it appears that the provisions are inadequate to meet the present circumstances,” the Cabinet Paper said. The Obscene Publications Ordinance was last revised in 2005. Obscene Publications include obscene writings, drawings, prints, paintings, printed matter, pictures, posters, emblems, photographs, cinematograph films, video cassettes or any other obscene objects. The publication of an obscene article or abetting to such an act is an offence under the Ordinance.

Recently, several incidents where underage children were sexually abused to produce video footages with pornographic content were reported and it was revealed that these CDs were being sold in foreign countries.
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