GUWAHATI, July 26 - The State social welfare department has laid stress on implementation of the The Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986 in the State as per direction of the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, said an official press release here.
This piece of legislation was enacted on December 23, 1986 with the specific objective of prohibiting indecent representation of women through advertisement, publication, writing and painting or in any other manner. It defines �indecent representation of women� to mean the depiction of the figure/form/body/any part thereof, of a woman which is indecent or derogatory to or denigrates women or is likely to injure public morality.
The legislation prohibits such representation in any form in any advertisement, publication, etc., and also prohibits selling, distribution, circulation of any books, pamphlets, and such other materials containing indecent representation of women. It further prescribes detention of the perpetrator of the crime for a term extending to two years and fine extending to two thousand rupees on first conviction for all offences under the Act.