Kerala’s Kerala High Court on Wednesday overturned a ban imposed by the state’s high court on pornographic magazines, allowing the publication of some material.
The Kerala HC ruled that the ban on the publication and sale of pornographic magazines and other such magazines was illegal and unconstitutional.
“It is the duty of the people to control the consumption of such material and the people of the State have no right to impose a ban on it,” Justice G.V. Prakashan said in his order.
It came a day after Kerala’s chief minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, called for a “war on porn.”
The state has banned the sale of magazines and films with images of naked women.
In February, the state government had banned the circulation of “hot springs” and other similar facilities, including massage parlors, for five years.
After the Kerala HC issued its order on Wednesday, the Kerala Home Ministry issued a clarification on the ban, saying it was not an effort to ban the circulation and sale, but merely aimed at keeping out pornography.