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SC’s commendable stand on HC’s rulling in child pronograpy case

SC’s commendable stand on HC’s rulling in child pronograpy case

A young man from Chennai's Ambattur neighbourhood has been using his phone to view child pornographic videos. After learning of this, the police filed a POCSO case against him in January. The accused person filed a case in the Madras High Court requesting that the case against him be dismissed.
In this case, Judge Anand Venkatesh ordered the release the youth from the caseobserving,“viewing child pornography in private is not a crime. Sharing them to others is a crime."
The Child Welfare Organization appealed against the judgement to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Chief Justice Y B Chandrachud, who heard the case, strongly condemned the opinion of the Madras High Court judge. He adjourned the case saying it was a very cruel comment.
The controversial judgment of the Madras High Court judge has created a stir among the public.
POCSO is a law to protect children from sexual offences. But such pornographic films are the main reason for increase in POCSO cases and rise in sex crimes. 
A person who watches child pornography in isolation will see other children from the same perspective. Recently, a 9-year-old girl was raped and murdered in Puducherry. Pornography is also a reason for such incidents.
Therefore, we cannot accept the view that viewing child pornography in isolation is not a crime. Acquitting the accused person from the case is also not acceptable. It is commendable that the Supreme Court condemned this judgment.
Most crimes are motivated by drugs and pornography. All these should be nipped in the bud. Viewing child pornography cannot and should never be accepted as an exclusive private right. 
According to social justice theory it is wrong. The Supreme Court is currently taking up the case related to this matter.
The Union and State Governments, as well as the lower courts, will undoubtedly receive the proper direction from the Supreme Court. It is now imperative to put in place measures to ensure that minor child pornography is never viewed online!