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Porn epidemic in Khulna city

Youths fall victim to social ill

  • Our Correspondent
  • 8 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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KHULNA: The freestyle pornography businesses have become widespread in different cyber cafes, computer and mobile phone servicing centers in Khulna city. The pornographic contents are spreading like outbreaks via pen-drives and memory cards.

The youths and the teenagers especially school and college students are being addicted to the porn videos to the frustration of their parents who are the main subscribers of them.

Local sources informed that different computer and mobile servicing centers in the city download and provide obscene video contents to the youths via memory cards and pen-drives at very cheap rates. Each video clips costs only Tk 10 to Tk 15 while the full memory uploading costs only Tk 100 to Tk 150.

A local mobile phone servicing shop owner, preferring not to be unnamed, said that they usually collected the films or downloaded from the internet to make a great amount of profit. Such videos are in high demand as youths and teenagers, including those in schools and colleges, are interested to buy them. He added the youths, loved to enjoy the films and video songs that included vulgar, violent and sex scenes. So, they store those secretly and sell to the customers in same way.

Member Secretary of Khulna Nagorik Samaj Advocate Babul Hawlader said, “Males of the age group of 12-25 are involved in watching, sharing and producing pornography.” “Girl children are often tricked or forced into being the subjects of such material,” he also alleged.

On the other hand, a section of notorious porn businessmen of Khulna are earning good profit by doing this business under the eyes of the administration. Some influential ruling party leaders are allegedly behind these activities, enjoying full support from district administration, police, and certain media organisations, in exchange of large sums of money, complained former president of Conscious Citizen Committee (CCC), Khulna district unit Prof Anwarul Kadir.

The most shocking thing is that the videos are being collected not only from the porn sites rather a number of contents are private or secret video clips made by some porn-rackets in the country and uploaded in the internet, Prof Kadir alleged.

Civil Surgeon of Khulna district Dr Niyaz Mohammad said, “The teenager who has succumbed to porn addiction will have erectile dysfunction (Inability of the male genital organs to be aroused by sexual stimulation), sleeplessness, irritability, guilt, concentration lack, appetite loss, low self esteem.” Unfortunately the teenager does not realise that he is in trouble until he develops erectile dysfunction, he added.

Deputy Commissioner of KMP Mohammad Ehsan Shah said that no one had lodged any complaint in this connection yet. They would look into the matter and take necessary steps as soon as anybody comes up with a complaint, he added.

Seeking anonymity a guardian in the city’s Sonadanga area told that his son, who was a benevolent and bright student till SSC, was performing very poor in the college exams. “He isn’t attentive to his studies anymore and his behavior has changed radically,” he said adding that while checking his son’s mobile phone he found a number of erotic videos there.

A guardian vented his anger saying that they requested the district administration to stop drug abuse, sexual harassment and screening and trade of obscene films in the city, but the administration had failed to take necessary steps. The guardians also blamed the unbridled sale of these videos for the increase in harassment and abuse of women in the society.

An official of Detective Branch seeking anonymity said that a number of computer and mobile phone traders are directly involved in such illegal activities. They allure the pretty young women, call girls, even school and college going girls, of becoming models.

Thereafter they use them in their way and take obscene video footage by different types of video or digital cameras or mobile phones. For taking photos undisturbed, the miscreants hire luxury residents or rooms of residential hotels.