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INDIAN TV REPORTERS EXPOSE LAWMAKERS WATCHING PORN

March 14, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Two legislators in the Indian state of Karnataka have been suspended from the Legislative Assembly after a local television station photographed them watching pornographic films on a smartphone while seated in the House. Each are state cabinet ministers — Cooperation Minister Lakshman Savadi and Women and Child Welfare Minister C.C. Patil. Also suspended was Environment Minister J. Krishna Palemar who reportedly sent the video to them. In one clip a woman is shown being gang-raped — especially embarrassing for Patil, who was quoted in January as saying that women should not expose much skin and added, “provocative clothes” can encourage rapists. He later maintained that he was only trying to shut off the video. “It is not our culture to watch porn and I thought it was not suitable to see it in the House,” he told India Today. The TV cameraman and reporter who covered the “porngate” scandal have been summoned to an inquiry and informed that they will be asked such questions as “Instead of recording the proceedings of the Assembly, your journalist forgot his primary duty and recorded indecent and unnecessary things on his camera. Is this correct? What was the intention behind this? Without the Speaker’s permission, knowing that the visuals were unparliamentary, you have telecast it through the day. Is this right on your part? Don’t you know that what you have done is a violation of rules 6, 17 and 20 of the Karnataka vidhana soudha press gallery rules?” The proceedings involving the TV journalists were quickly denounced by Justice Markandey Katju, chairman of the Press Council of India, who wrote to the Assembly Speaker, “Such proceedings against the media persons jeopardize the freedom of the media guaranteed as a fundamental right by Article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution of India, and seek to create an impression that it is the media which has brought the House into disrepute rather than the [ministers] involved.”