‘Beauty and obscenity in eye of beholder’: Kerala HC junks plea against magazine featuring breastfeeding model

The Kerala High Court refused to label a magazine cover featuring a breastfeeding woman as obscene, according to several media reports.
The court, noting that the notion of obscenity was more a matter of perception than fact observed that “shocking one’s morals” is an “elusive concept”, and “one man’s vulgarity is another man’s lyric”.“We do not see, despite our best efforts, obscenity in the picture, nor do we find anything objectionable in the caption, for men. We looked at the picture with the same eyes we look at the paintings of artists like Raja Ravi Varma. As the beauty lie in the beholder’s eye, so does obscenity perhaps,” Live Law quoted the bench as saying.Reacting to another petitioner’s claim that the cover photo was a crime against the child and in violation of the Section 45 of the Juvenile Justice Act, a bench comprising then chief justice Antony Dominic and Justice Dama Seshadri Naidu observed that the magazine did not damage the sensibilities of the society in any way.