Indian commuters travel past large billboards for “Sacred Games”, the upcoming Indian series on Netflix, in Mumbai. – Netflix’s first original Indian series released on July 6 as the US streaming giant battles with Amazon Prime for a slice of India’s fast-growing on-demand video market. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images)
The Delhi High Court Wednesday sought the Centre’s response on a plea seeking framing of guidelines to regulate the functioning of online media streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao made it clear that it was not issuing notice on the petition but was only seeking the government’s response on the plea which also alleged that the online media streaming platforms show “uncertified, sexually explicit and vulgar” content.
The court listed the petition by NGO Justice for Rights Foundation for further hearing in February next year.
In its plea filed through advocate Harpreet S Hora, the NGO claimed that online media streaming platforms, that also include Hotstar, show content which is “unregulated and uncertified” for public viewing.
It claimed that television series like “Sacred Games”, “Game of Thrones” and “Spartacus”, shown on platforms like Netflix, contain “vulgar, profane, sexually explicit, pornographic, morally unethical and virulent” content which often “depict women in objectifying manner”.
It sought directions to the ministries of communication, information, and broadcasting as well as law and justice to frame guidelines to regulate such platforms and the content they broadcast.
The plea has also sought an order to the ministries to direct the online platforms “to remove legally restricted content with immediate effect”.