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Imposing restrictions on pornography: its potential impact and effectiveness in Sri Lanka

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Ranmali Waduge,

Lecturer, Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, LK
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Asiri Rodrigo ,

Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya
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Upali Peris

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, LK
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Abstract

The government of Sri Lanka recently introduced many measures to limit the accessibility and availability of pornography in the country including censorship of websites containing sexually explicit material and active prosecution of Sri Lankans who appeared on such websites Available evidence suggests that pornographic consumption among Sri Lankan adolescents is considerable and such exposure may influence sexual attitudes and activity including sexual aggression in youth. However the current evidence on the beneficial effects of censorship of pornography is less than convincing. The authors believe that warm, communicative parent-child relationship and open discussion about sexual matters at home and at school could be more effective than restrictive measures such as censorship and punitive legislation.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v2i1.3158

SL J Psychiatry 2011; 2 (1): 6-8

Keywords: pornography Sri Lanka 
DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v2i1.3158
How to Cite: Waduge, R., Rodrigo, A. & Peris, U., (2011). Imposing restrictions on pornography: its potential impact and effectiveness in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry. 2(1), pp.6–8. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v2i1.3158
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Published on 29 Jun 2011.
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