Delhi HC seeks Centre’s response on PIL to regulate OTT content

MUMBAI: The Delhi High Court has sought the Centre’s response on a plea seeking regulation of over the top (OTT) platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hotstar.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao said 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.

NGO Justice for Rights Foundation has filed the petition. The court has listed the petition for further hearing in February next year.

In its plea filed through advocate Harpreet S Hora, the NGO claimed that OTT platforms show content which is “unregulated and uncertified” for public viewing.

It claimed that web shows 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”.

The PIL 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”.