The publication, sale or transfer of obscene or p*rnographic material is prohibited and punishable under various Acts.
Indian Penal Code:—
Under sub-section (1) of section 292 of I.P.C, book, pamphlet, paper, writing, drawing, painting, representation, figure or any other object shall be deemed to obscene, if it is lascivious or appeals to the prurient interest or if its effects are such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear the matter contained or embodied in it. The application of this section does not extend to any book, pamphlet, paper writing, drawing, painting, representation or figure the publication of which can be proved to be justified on the ground of public good that is in the interest of science, literature, art or learning or other objects of general concern. The object which is kept or used bona fide for religious purpose and any representation sculptured, engraved, painted or otherwise represented on or in any ancient monument within the meaning of Ancient Monument and archeological sites and remains Act or any temple or car used for conveyance of idol or kept or use for religious purposes are also outside the purview of this provision.