27 February, 2021

Playing Naturally

A fallacious link between sex toys and Sec. 377

Amit Haralkar
Playing Naturally

Shoud sex toys be banned? It’s no secret that these kinky playthings are used, sold and mopped up by eager customers at select online stores. The internet has given easier access to those who crave erotic gadgets, even if their sale is illegal under obscenity sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). But stores like Kaa­ma­stra.com, IMbesharam.com, thatspersonal.com, along with Flipkart and Snapdeal, sell ‘adult lifestyle’ or ‘sexual wellness products’ such as edible lingerie and fancy lubricants, claiming they comply with all existing regulations.

Recently, sex toys and their sale in India came under a rude glare when Delhi-based Supreme Court lawyer Suhaas Joshi filed a complaint against e-giants Snapdeal and Chennai-based Ohmysecret.com for abetting gay sex and for exhibiting obscene products like anal lubes and massagers. Joshi says he wants to test the limits of India’s anti-homosexuality law under  Sec. 377 of IPC. “My petition is not against the LGBT community, but about the hypocrisy of the law,” he says....

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