Beauty Pageant And The Obscenity Factor
As an interim measure to address the concern raised in a writ petition, a division bench of Kerala High Court comprising Chief Justice S.R. Bannurmath and Justice Kurian Joseph has appointed, a team of five lawyers as observers to monitor whether rules against obscenity were being violated by the organisers of the Miss Kerala 2009 Contest, scheduled for August 5 in Kochi. Though the petition filed by Mr. P.K. Ibrahim, a High Court lawyer sought a ban on holding the beauty contest, the Court allowed the contest under strict supervision of the lawyer’s team. The petitioner contended that holding of the contest was an offence punishable under Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code as the parading of girls and young women in swim suits and other such costumes were obscene acts.
Let me take a look at Section 294 of Indian Penal Code
IPC 294 says Obscene acts and Songs –Whoever,to the annoyance of others, –
a) does any obcsene act in any public place, or
b) sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words in or near any public place,
shall be punishable with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months or with fine, or with both.
It is very clear from the above that section 294 can strike only if the obscenity causes annoyance to others by such acts in public places. The organisers of the beauty pageant can prove without much difficulty that the event is a feast to oculuses and music to ears. Further, the event takes place under an iron curtain and was open only to a select few who were close to the organisers.
I feel sorry for Mr. Ibrahim (the petitioner), who conteded that the event was being organised for exploiting girls by using their photographs and video footages for commercial benefits of the organisers, without any liability or obligation to the participants. The poor man does not understand the lure of money and fame that woos the young girls. Beauty is the best “commodity” for entrepreneurs in the advertisement industry. The petitioner submitted that the grooming session of the event consisted of parades in various costumes such as swim suits and evening gowns. Training was also given to them. The training was not aimed at enhancing the dignity, honour and morale of the womanhood “but acts of demeaning morals.”
Taking a serious note of the contention made by Mr. Ibrahim, I had a quick look at the photos of the contestants to know whether there are any nursery kids or primary school students participating in the beauty pageant. These very determined girls are either adolescent or matured women (their body language shows). They of course have the blessings from their parents.
However I understand the concern of Mr. Ibrahim. Organisers of such events induce minor girls as well to participate in such contests, offering attractive titles such as Miss Kerala. Many of them (their parents too) are not aware of the trade and commerce behind the ventures. There is absolutely no doubt that the photographs taken at the pageant will be used for the commercial advantage of the organisers. The participation also runs another risk – the attractive photos released after the successful culmination of the event appears even in porn websites with labels as ‘hot babes’. The organisers cannot have a control over it once they are released.
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