The Govt, in its response, told the HC that online platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and others are not required to obtain licences from the government to run their programmes.
The govt stated: "Online platforms are not required to obtain any licences from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the content on online platforms is not being regulated by this Ministry."
The case was filed by NGO Rights Foundation that sought laws or guidelines for regulating vulgar and sexually explicit content available on these platforms. The petitioner told the court that a complaint with the police has already been filed but no action has been taken. The court asked the petitioner to seek appropriate remedies on his complaint.
As per petitioner, online platforms offered vulgar, sexually explicit, pornographic, profane, virulent, religiously forbidden and morally unethical contents in order to attract more subscribers and generate profit. The NGO had alleged that most of the content available was in violation of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act.