Mobile Porn clips circulating fast in Bhutan.

By Kinga Dema
(Oct.26) Several Bhutanese amateur clips, containing sexually explicit scenes, are fast circulating in the capital, causing concern to parents and authorities. The recent clips in circulation, that of an adult woman and another of a young couple, are on many mobile phones of both office-goers and students.

These low-resolution videos appear like they have been shot for personal viewing and it’s not known how they were leaked. Some sources say that the video of the young couple was leaked recently through the Bluetooth facility on the girl’s mobile.

While authorities, like the police and Bhutan infocomm and media authority (BICMA), are aware of such videos been circulated, they said, no one has come forward to report or complain.

The RBP spokesperson said that the police could not act, as they have not received any complaints. “If the case has to be reported, a partner has to report it but, as it has a direct impact on their morality, they won’t,” said the spokesperson. “Whatever happens within the confines of their house is personal, but if it’s being distributed, then it’s against the law,” he said.

But parents, Kuensel talked to, feel that authorities should not wait for complaints to act. “This is a serious issue, which needs to be nipped in the bud,” said a parent, who described the clips disgusting.

“It’s just the start, soon people will do such things to blackmail or extort money,” he said.

Global experience has shown that sexually explicit leaked videos are put on websites or circulated among people and victims are blackmailed for sexual favours or used to extort money.

The leaked video clip industry in some countries has become a lucrative business among many internet service providers. Despite the fact that people are well aware that it is an unethical practice, many internet users enjoy downloading, viewing, saving or forwarding the explicit footage.

The executive director of national commission for women and children (NCWC), Dr Rinchen Chophel, said that, although NCWC had not received any complaints so far, if such clips were being circulated, it was definitely an issue.

“If the clips are being distributed without the knowledge of the person involved, then it’s exploitation and victimisation. The issue isn’t just about making such clips, but breaking trust by leaking it,” said Dr Rinchen Chophel. “Young people may not realise during the spur of the moment, but they should be able to understand the repercussions,” he added.

Today, with many Bhutanese owning mobile phones with camera and Bluetooth, general packet radio service (GPRS) facilities, such contents can be easily circulated.

Kinley Wangmo, 34, a mother of two students said, “I heard of the clips a week ago and, since then, I’m worried that my children might get hold of it as both of them carry mobile phones,” she said.

BICMA director Kinley T Wangchuk said that BICMA heard about such clips but no formal complaints have been lodged. “We’re looking at it seriously and trying to see how we can investigate. We need to ascertain whether it was made for commercial purpose or private viewing,” he said.

Such clips could be categorised as pornography, said a judge.

“Even people involved and those circulating can be held liable for promotion of pornography and lascivious conduct. They can be penalised as per the penal code of Bhutan,” said the judge. He added,

“It could be of commercial interest but, at this stage, without a proper investigation, the motive’s not clear.”

Such acts can be dealt as per certain sections of the penal code of Bhutan and imposed prison terms ranging from petty misdemeanour to third degree felony, said the judge.

Source:Kuenselonline.com

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