The Kerala High Court said children should eat home cooked food cooked by their mother instead of ordering takeout from food delivery apps like Swiggy and Zomato.
It said this as it was hearing a case related to pornography where it made observations on sex, pornography and the importance of having home-cooked meals for children.
The case had to do with a case of obscenity under Section 292 of the Indian Penal Code filed against a 33-year-old man who was caught by the police in 2016 for watching porn on his phone on the roadside.
It accepted the accused person’s plea to quash the FIR and the court proceedings against him.
“If the accused is trying to circulate or distribute or publicly exhibit any obscene video or photos, then the offence under Section 292 IPC is attracted,” Justice Kunhikrishnan said.
Therefore, no offence under Section 292 of the IPC is made out against the accused since they were watching in private instead of showing it in public.
Internet access for children
Here, it also observed that the digital era has made porn accessible to children and has cautioned parents against giving mobile phones with internet access to children to make them happy.
“The parents should be aware of the danger behind it. Let the children watch informative news and videos from the mobile phones of their parents in their presence.
Justice Kunhikrishnan said that if minor children end up watching porn videos, which are now accessible in all mobile phones, “there will be far reaching consequences”.
Play outside instead
“Let the children play cricket or football or other games they like during their leisure time. That is necessary for a healthy young generation who are to become the beacons of hope of our nation in the future” he advised instead.
He also advised parents to encourage their children to play outdoors and also have home cooked meals made by their mothers.
Eat inside instead
“Instead of purchasing food from restaurants through ‘swiggy’ and ‘zomato’, let the children taste the delicious food made by their mother and let the children play at play grounds at that time and come back home to the mesmerizing smell of mother’s food.
I leave it there to the wisdom of the parents of minor children of this society,” the judgment said.