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US troops in Colombia linked to rapes

Bogota, May 6 (IANS) At least 53 underage girls were raped by US military personnel and contractors based in Colombia, according to a report prepared as part of the ongoing peace process between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group. The 800-page document was the work of 12 experts, six picked by the government and another six by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or...

5 days ago
Smartphone use soars, so do smut-sharing crimes

Early this week, the Mumbai police registered a case against unknown persons for leaking a nude clip of actor Radhika Apte. Part of a 20-minute film directed by Anurag Kashyap, the clip went viral on instant-messaging application WhatsApp. In concert with India's smartphone proliferation, cases related to the transmission of obscene material jumped 104 percent between 2012 and 2013, acco...

16 days ago
Net neutrality in India still a myth, but don't log off

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Amid the raging debate globally over net neutrality, which has evoked a strong reaction from stakeholders in India, domain experts feel that an unshackled access to the Internet world isn't feasible in India yet but attempts must continue for egalitarianism. Building a net neutral network is technologically not possible to implement. It's a utopian idea - no ba...

20 days ago
Obscenity trial against 'vagina artist' begins in Japan

Tokyo, April 15 (IANS) A Japanese sculptor and graphic artist accused of public obscenity for distributing 3D copies of her vagina pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in the first session of her trial. Megumi Igarashi, 43, popularly known as the vagina artist, admitted to the acts that led to the accusation, but insisted, as she does upon every detention, that her work was in no way obscene,...

29 days ago
Show porn in the classroom, says Danish professor

London, April 6 (IANS) While educationists the world over debate the relevance and scope of sex education being part of the school curriculum, a leading sexologist in Denmark has called for pornography to be shown in the classroom. According to professor Christian Graugaard of Aalborg University, it can help teenagers become conscientious and critical consumers who are able to tell the d...

1 month ago
British judges in trouble for viewing pornography in office

London, March 17 (IANS) In what may be considered as declining moral standards among the guardians of justice, three judges in Britain were removed and another resigned following charges of watching pornographic material on office computers, media reported on Tuesday. A disciplinary inquiry by Britain's Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) found inexcusable misuse of the judges'...

1 month ago
Young people want to be better educated about sex

London, March 9 (IANS) A gap exists between the type of sex education young people want and what they receive, says a study. Researchers investigating how young men and women learn about sex found that young people want to receive more information about sex and relationships from their parents. The terrain young people have to navigate as they are growing up has changed considera...

2 months ago
'Fifty Shades of Grey' banned in India

Los Angeles, March 5 (IANS) American erotic romantic drama Fifty Shades of Grey has been banned in India. The country's film censors decided the raunchy film was too explicit for India's film-hungry audiences, even after all nudity was edited out of the film, reports dailystar.co.uk. Malaysia, Indonesia and Kenya have also banned the controversial film, which is an adaptation of ...

2 months ago
Google decision comes under fire from internet users

Madrid, Feb 26 (IANS/EFE) The Internet Users Associations has condemned Google's decision to forbid users of its Blogger platform to share images and videos of explicitly sexual content as an attack on freedom of expression. Starting March 23, users of the Blogger platform cannot share images and videos of explicitly sexual content, although Google will allow naked pictures if these are ...

2 months ago
'Fifty Shades of Grey' may drive women to porn: Study

Toronto, Feb 23 (IANS) A small yet significant study has revealed that some women turned to watching pornography for the first time after reading the best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey. Several women [we interviewed] were hopping in for the first time to pornography or sexually explicit material that were written by women for women, researcher Diana Parry from University of Waterloo in On...

2 months ago
Talk to your kids and make them shun porn

New York, Feb 21 (IANS) An open talk with your growing kids when it comes to pornography can lower the risk of them being addicted to porn as they reach adulthood, a significant study has found. It also revealed that early conversation makes kids stronger and insulates them against lowered self-esteem if their romantic partners view porn. Talking to kids about the negative effect...

2 months ago
Thailand declares commercial surrogacy illegal for foreign couples

Bangkok, Feb 20 (IANS/EFE) Thailand's interim parliament has passed a set of laws to regulate commercial surrogacy and prohibit foreign couples from accessing this service, media reported Friday. The law was passed with 160 members of parliament voting in favour and two against, while four members abstained. It stipulates a prison term of up to 10 years and a fine of around $6,00...

2 months ago
'Unhealthy, excessive tech use affecting kids' development'

Kolkata, Feb 15 (IANS) Pestered by his parents to go out and play, 10-year-old Ashwin refused to budge from his gaming console. It was only after his harried parents promised more gaming time that he ventured out - that too for a bit. Instances of conflicts between parents and their tech-obsessed wards, poor social interaction and worsening of basic skills are some of the consequences of...

2 months ago
40 percent teenage girls coerced into sex acts: European survey

London, Feb 12 (IANS) More than 40 percent girls between ages 13-17 in England have been coerced into sexual acts, one of the largest European surveys has revealed. The survey by the Universities of Bristol and Central Lancashire and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) also found that many teenage boys regularly viewed pornography and one in five had ex...

2 months ago
Miley Cyrus's video to screen at NYC Porn film fest

Los Angeles, Feb 11 (IANS) Singer Miley Cyrus, who is no stranger to showing off her skin in public, has reportedly submitted her short video titled Tongue Tied to the New York City Porn Film Festival that opens later this month. The video was directed by mixed-media artist and filmmaker Quentin Jones and was played during Cyrus's Bangerz shows, reports aceshowbiz.com. However, ...

2 months ago
Singapore man convicted for organising sex tour

Singapore, Feb 6 (IANS) A Singapore man was Friday convicted of organising a commercial sex tour overseas and distributing information intended to promote paid sex with a minor outside the city. Chan Chun Hong pleaded guilty to seven counts of transmitting obscene material by electronic means, one count of making travel plans, three counts of distributing information to promote commerci...

2 months ago
China bans pseudonyms like Obama, Putin on internet

Beijing, Feb 5 (IANS/EFE) Pseudonyms such as Obama and Putin will no longer be available to Chinese citizens who wish to hide their identity on Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, following new internet restrictions implemented by the country's authorities, the official newspaper China Daily reported Thursday. Internet accounts that use names impersonating known personalities, allude ...

3 months ago
Porn addicts at unsafe sexual behaviour risk

Sydney, Jan 30 (IANS) In a study involving college students, Australian researchers have linked porn addiction with increased sexual risk such as unsafe practices and more sexual partners. In an article titled Association Between Pornography Use and Sexual Risk Behaviors in Adult Consumers: A Systematic Review, the team from University of Sydney and Curtin University discussed the potent...

4 months ago
Over 30,000 arrested in Chinese campaign against gambling, porn

Beijing, Dec 22 (IANS/EFE) More than 30,000 people have been arrested in a major two-month-long campaign against pornography and gambling in the southern Chinese province of Guangzhou, the country's state-run media reported Monday. The police campaign came shortly after two earlier efforts, one against prostitution in the same province which led to the arrest of more than 3,000 people, a...

4 months ago
Porn addiction linked to low marriage rates in US

Washington, Dec 22 (IANS) Porn addiction may be one of the reasons why most Americans are not tying the knot, says a study. Using data from the General Social Survey (GSS) to analyse how 18 to 35-year-old men used the internet between 2000 and 2004, the team from the University of West Chester in the US measured the correlation between pornography use and marriage rates among 1,500 parti...

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