The deputy police commissioner of one major city (population 13 million) has decided to clean up.
“I have decided [the city] must be rid of obscenity in all walks of life,” declares the commissioner, who then says this exercise will restore respect to women. “It is like my moral responsibility.”
The commissioner explains that every week he gets dozens of calls from parents angry about television reruns and racy billboards. Asked to define “obscenity,” the commissioner reels off a list:
Advertisements that show female models with scanty clothes; film previews full of vulgarity; music albums and remix videos full of vulgarity; film posters full of obscenity; some newspapers regularly carry porn material.
Children are getting badly affected, they believe what’s shown on TV and cinema is normal. Organizations that spot annoying, obscene posters should contact us immediately.
Too close to home?
Don’t worry. We’re not talking about the land of the free (yet). This obscenity crusader is in Mumbai, India.
When it happens in Mumbai, it’s “repression.” When it happens here, it’s “family values.”
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