Bangladesh Approves Law To Criminalize Pornography

by VR Sreeraman on Jan 7 2012 6:38 PM

 Bangladesh Approves Law To Criminalize Pornography
The Bangladeshi government has approved a tough anti-pornography law that includes a maximum ten-year jail sentence for making or selling any kind of pornographic material using children.
It is believed to be Bangladesh's first law specifically targeting the spread of pornography.

Those found guilty could also be fined up to 6,000 dollars, The BBC reports.

Abul Kalam Azad, a government spokesman, said the measures aim to protect young people and women from pornography, which had spread like a disease through the internet and mobile phone technology.

In many cases, the police failed to act against the culprits, saying existing laws did not enable them to prosecute those involved in production and distribution of such videos.

The move apparently comes after a string of sex tape scandals involving female celebrities.

Victims alleged their videos were doctored or filmed in secret to tarnish their reputation.