The Rajasthan High Court has dismissed a plea against the Centre's order allowing airing of condom advertisements only after 10 PM, and rebuked the petitioner NGO for "proxy litigation".
Policy advocacy bodies have welcomed the Central government’s clarification that a ban on airing of condom advertisements is only meant for “sexually explicit” contents.
They said that instead of restricting the debate to matters like explicit contents, it should be widened to larger issues like protection and knowledge of HIV-AIDS.
The court has asked the respective departments to give reasons in eight weeks why the condom advertisements cannot be telecast outside the fixed hours.
I&B Ministry’s move indicates that on matters relating to sex and contraceptive technologies India continues to be a denialist with an ostrich’s attitude to facts.
The ministry has issued a directive that such ads can be shown on TV only from 10 pm till 6 am on TV, following complaints.