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HC seeks govt reply on plea to regulate Netflix, Amazon Prime Video content

The plea has also sought an order to the ministries to direct the online platforms "to remove legally restricted content with immediate effect

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Delhi High Court (Photo - PTI)
Delhi High Court (Photo - PTI)

The Wednesday sought the Centre's response on a plea seeking framing of guidelines to regulate the functioning of like Netflix and

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao made it clear that it was not issuing notice on the petition but was only seeking the government's response on the plea which also alleged that the show "uncertified, sexually explicit and vulgar" content.

The court listed the petition by NGO Justice for Rights Foundation for further hearing in February next year.
 

In its plea filed through advocate Harpreet S Hora, the NGO claimed that online media streaming platforms, that also include Hotstar, show content which is "unregulated and uncertified" for public viewing.

It claimed that television series like "Sacred Games", "Game of Thrones" and "Spartacus", shown on platforms like Netflix, contain "vulgar, profane, sexually explicit, pornographic, morally unethical and virulent" content which often "depict women in objectifying manner".
 

It sought directions to the ministries of communication, information and broadcasting as well as law and justice to frame guidelines to regulate such platforms and the content they broadcast.

The plea has also sought an order to the ministries to direct the online platforms "to remove legally restricted content with immediate effect".

First Published: Wed, November 14 2018. 16:45 IST
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