The Madras High Court has come out in support of PETA. It stated that there is nothing objectionable about the advertisements published by PETA on its website after a writ petition was filed seeking ban of the organisation.
On Thursday, the Madras High Court said, “it is an unnecessary public interest” filed by the petitioner.
The petition was filed by Dinesh who works as a supplier in a hotel and the case was heard by bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice M Sundar.
The petitioner’s counsel had included some objectionable material in support of her claim.
However, the court did not concur with the view and said that the website includes photographs of women sparsely clad propagating non-use of fur and other materials, which affect rights of animals.
The court added that the petitioner is not compelled to visit the website of PETA and then claim that he is provoked by the content, reported The New Indian Express.
The court also asked the counsel under what law can the court ban an organisation. It would be the prerogative of the Executive, if any law is violated, to take action against any such organisation, the bench stated, reported TNIE.
Moreover, the court called the PIL “a misadventure only for publicity sake given the current social context of the role of PETA vis-à-vis the jallikattu issue.” The court dismissed the case.
On Thursday, The Tamil Nadu Commission for Protection of Child Rights recommended taking down the website of PETA, PETA India and their social media pages as 'they host harmful content for children'.
The recommendations have been sent to the State Chief Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, the Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and the Director General of Police of Tamil Nadu.
The Commission looked into the website following a complaint from a Chennai resident.