This weekend I was stunned to read this headline in the Times of India, one of the two major newspaper all across India. I thought it was in bad taste. And lets not get started on the pictures. Well agreed, sex sells, but that does not mean that publishing houses should exploit every opportunity to introduce provocative material in their newspapers.
For one, it does not server any moral purpose (Ofcourse, increasing the sales of a newspaper may be considered moral by some).
More importantly, the question is how does the audience take it? Is the audience mature enough to handle it? And why do you want to thrust this "so-called" open-mindedness on people? Well may be you have some moral reason to think this is must. May be you think this is much more important than awareness about corruption, AIDS and "n" other problems.
But the real problem is, newspapers do not come along with restriction on age-limits like films do. The same material is read by old and young alike. I do not see any constructive impact on a youngster's mind reading the above mentioned article.
I observed the same scenario with the regional newspapers as well. With the biggies in the newspaper industries resorting to such means, the regional (and smaller) newspapers opt for a similar path. All of us know that the readership class of the regional newspapers is definitely not prepared for this.
I am not sure if some censorship rules are in place for newpaper publishings. Newspapers should consider these issues and stand up to their responsibility towards the society. Yes, probably they have considered these issues, and probably they have a moral explanation.
Television is another moral-corruption medium. Most of the channels keep repeating trailors, songs and dances from movies. Needless to say, most of the material is sleazy at its best. In fact, these days I am ashamed to watch TV in front of my parents.
That reminds me of one incident that happened when my boss from the US was visiting India. A week after he was in the country, he blasted at all the TV channels. He said, "in the US we do have such content, but there is a time for everything. In India, its always sensual content". I didn't know what to say. Here is a person, coming from the West, and complaining about the content shown on Indian Television. What more proof do you need that we have maxed out?
Censorship for television is a must. And you know what, there is a debate about this!