Porn Sites Ruin both Childhood & Infancy

child-pronographyBy Santosh Bhartiya
The children in our country are being deprived of their childhood and innocence. For such miserable situation they have got no one but themselves and their Internet connections to blame.
Proliferation of the Internet in India has taken place at enormous speed, with government plans to make it accessible to every village and with internet-compatible mobile handset (especially China-made) available at as low price as rupees 15 hundred. If on the one hand the internet possesses an inexhaustible stock of knowledge, it also possesses equal amount of contents of darker nature. The most dangerous amongst them being the porn sites, which sell malicious image of sex, polluting minds of children between five and ten years of age and in the process stripped them off of their childish innocence and smile.
From their busy schedule parents hardly get any time to guide their children aged between 5 and 12 years as to how to use and acquire knowledge from the Internet. Just to appease their children and maintain their own social status, the parents are giving handset to their children: middle class people, smart phone and smart tabs, while poor people from lower and lower middle classes cheap cell phones loaded with internet facilities. But parents do not guide their children as to what should be the use of those phones. Now the families have shrunken to become micro families based only on three to four members. Nobody keep tab on anybody. As soon as parents go out to their work, children from 5 to 10 years plunge into the world of internet available on their palmtop, which ultimately leads to the end of their infancy and innocence.
Numerous porn websites are available in every language on the internet. Such websites have bobbed up in Hindi as well and become the biggest sources of obliterating relationships with pornographic contents illustrating deviant relations between father and daughter, mother and son, sister and brother, brother and sister’s friends, father and daughter’s friends. These websites run incestuous stories, tearing apart all possible relationships between family members: uncle-aunt, brother-sister-in-law, brother-sister, and farther-mother. When five to ten years old children access these websites, navigating through Google, their way of seeing their sister, mother, uncle and aunt get change completely. They read these stories with voyeuristic pleasure. Children from upper class read them in English, while those from middle and lower middle classes read in their respective languages, including Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, etc.
The objective of these stories is not only to acquaint visitors with basest aspects of sex, but also to exterminate those relationships which still hold our society together. Today, no one in the society has enough time to monitor the activities of young children or interact with them as to what do they talk among themselves, what kind of material they do access on the internet or what activities they indulge in on their mobile phones. That is why incidents of rape involving both boys and girls aged between 10 years and 5 years have increased rapidly. We momentarily get shocked when we come across such stories as a ten-year-old boy has sexually assaulted a 5-year-old or a 3-year-old girl, but do we try to nail down the reason behind that? The craze of the mobile phone has mesmerized the lower class as much as it did the middle and the upper classes. A family having a monthly income of as low as rupees ten thousand rupees can afford mobile phones, not only for the senior members but also for younger ones, like sons or daughters. The children of the same household exchange and provide all these material to each other on mobile phones.
I do not know whether any sociological study is being carried out on these delinquent behaviors or not, but it definitely presents an ugly picture of the society, which leads us towards a society where lewd relationship and squalid sexual behavior are becoming more and more important than acquiring knowledge. A few friends of mine expressed their anguish over this situation to me, which prompted me to interact with some sociologists and some internet experts. Surprisingly they all maintained that children aged between 5 and 12 years spend highest number of hours on porn sites. They get all the information that they need after 16 or 17 years of age. Now, a six-year-old child becomes familiar with every part of the body of the opposite sex. A six-year-old child is familiar with man-woman relations, natural or unnatural, and longs to practice them at his own house. Earlier sexual violence was committed by older member of a family. Now, it happens at young age, with consent and out of curiosity. The websites, which serve kinky adult contents to children and destroy relationship, are apart from creating curiosity among children, causing psychological deviation in their minds as well.
There is no prevention to this ailment except elders in the household keep watch on their children aged from 5 to 12 years, while they are using the internet on their mobile phones or tabs? The elders should also be watchful of their children’s relationships with their friends? The female members of the house, in order to prevent their children from involving in child delinquency or any mental disorder, should also keep an eye on their children’s friends, because such arranged have been made by prone sites that will easily deviate them.
When Sushma Swaraj was the Information and Broadcasting Minister, she had once raised this question. At that time she was criticized by many. But today it seems that there should be an effort in our country to restrict porn sites by involving Google. The deviance and distortions of relationships, which were largely visible in the upper class and upper middle class, are now pervade the lower and lower middle classes. Such deviances not only lead to mental disorders, but also lead to criminal activities. The contents on these porn sites aroused sexual desire in children which lead to sexual deviance, and they forget about the relationship with sister, mother, aunt, aunt or niece. They only see women body in them. Similarly, young girls too forget about their relationships with brother and uncle. Now the relationships at homes are not defined as they were before, be it a neighbor or a person from neighboring village we had a relationship with each other, now the importance of those relationships has vanished. The porn sites are the biggest contributors in this regard.
I know some people will try to watch porn site after reading this piece. They will watch and taking momentary pleasure set them aside. But when these same porn sites will be watched by their sons, younger brothers, younger sisters or daughters, they will not set them aside after watching it, but will first suffer from mental disorder and then take it to the rest of his people in their circles. This problem should not be overlooked but need deliberation and a way out. One solution to this is that younger members of the house should be monitored. They should be explained as to what they should learn from the internet and what should they avoid. At the same time, the government should contemplate banning these porn sites by involving Google.

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