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MMS Scandal in India

April 1, 2013

There has been another MMS sex scandal in India to add to numerous others involving usual suspects actors, actresses, models, school kids, god men and politicians, not necessarily in that order. This could be a sociological study of people in this country having some fun, a few on the side.

The one’s I can recall include Swami Nityananda, who claimed he did not know what he was doing as he was in some kind of trance. Nobody, of course believed him. Another allegedly involved octogenarian ND Tiwari, proving that no Viagra is greater than being a politician in this country, given their enormous clout.

There was one involving actress Kareena Kapoor with her then beau Shahid Kapur that could have passed off as a tutorial on how couples should not kiss each other. The clip was vehemently denied.

Surprisingly, no cricketer has ever been caught in the act. At least I don’t recall any, which highlights the excessive cricket being played by India. The poor rich boys have no time beyond wielding the willow. Or, maybe everybody idealizes too much Sachin Tendulkar who combines perfect professional and personal ethics.

Predictably, the latest sex video has gone viral online, again highlighting that scandalous porn by far elicits top rating in the virtual world beating hard work by PSY for Gangnam, Justin Bieber for Baby and Amitabh Bachchan Facebook updates, periodically endorsing his son Abhishek as a great actor.

The MMS sex clip involves an unfortunate actress called Mona Singh whose pictures have allegedly been morphed. I had not heard about Mona until news about her splashed on national news. Apparently she is a TV celebrity.

I have stopped watching Indian TV channels as they don’t excite any of my faculties, including the dumb and unintelligent part. I have desperately tried to don an exponentially silly side, but have still failed to appreciate Indian TV programming. That’s the reason I had no idea that a TV star called Mona existed, until the MMS scandal happened.

For a moment I did think, why Mona, why not anybody else. I feel cheated, it should have been me, did I hear Poonam Pandey, the queen of self-generated scandalous MMS videos in India. Thankfully, there is no need to morph Sunny Leone, unless one seeks to make a clip in which she is not having sex. The creator of the Mona MMS clip probably loved Mona a lot to hate her so much now or may be just did not realize that the video would become such an online hit.

The cops I believe are trying to get to the bottom of the episode after Mona filed a complaint. The police is getting better at handling cybercrime. For long used to instant solutions by wielding the baton (lathi, danda in colloquial) the cops did not quite get it right, when cybercrime emerged.

They went about arresting anybody confused that downloading an illegal MMS clip is not the same thing as uploading or creating a MMS video. While the cops figured out such simple nuances owning a computer with a net connection almost became a security risk in India.

The police men could probably arrest almost all rickshaw wallahs as the poor are the most creative users of cell phones in India, including MMS downloading. The poor may not have enough to eat, but do make sure there is enough balance on their pre-paid cards and constantly change ring tones. Such is the addiction.

All MMS scandals have not actually been for the bad. Please don’t get me wrong here. But, if one were to apply Sociologist Ashish Nandy’s argument that some corruption is good, all MMS’s have not turned out as bad as initially envisaged.

As a matter of fact some suspect some MMS clips to be deliberate acts for publicity. Globally MMS sex queens have included Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian performing sexual acts with current or ex-boyfriends.

After being initially distraught, pretending or otherwise, these ladies have en-cashed their instant global e-fame into multi-million dollar businesses as fashion divas, brand ambassadors, singers, actresses, reality TV stars, intellectuals, animal rights activists and more.  This does not mean that MMS scandals are for the good.

It is a gross invasion of privacy. But, as Nandy might put it, they may not be entirely for the bad for some. Mona, of course, should get justice. The perpetrator of the crime should be behind bars, even if Justice Katju wants him pardoned.

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