When it comes to ‘Sex Toys’, its not just the society, even the laws in India are unclear about their sale. Just two years back, sex toys were not so easily available in India, but since past few months number of ecommerce marketplaces including Snapdeal, Flipkart etc have added Sexual Wellness to sell sex toys, kits, edible lingerie, lubricants and condoms, etc, online. Not only these, but there are a number of other players who have come into the picture, dealing specifically in the sale of products under this category and making huge profits.
But it seems now sale of such products will not be an easy job for these online retailers because if reports are to be believed, online marketplace Snapdeal has been dragged to the court for selling sex accessories including anal lubes and massagers. Snapdeal is not the only one, another ecommerce player, Ohmysecret is also one of the accused. Though Ohmysecret.com had shut shop last month.
According to a Quartz report, Suhaas Joshi, an advocate at India’s Supreme Court, has filed a complaint against Snapdeal.com and Chennai-based Ohmysecret.com for abetting gay sex and for exhibiting obscene products.
Products such as anal lubes and massagers violate Section 377, and Sections 292, 292 A, 293 and 294 which prohibit obscenity in public.
As a result of the complaint, the metropolitan magistrate at Delhi’s Tis Hazari court, in its order dated Feb. 05, has now asked the police to immediately investigate the matter and submit a report.
While browsing through the Snapdeal website we found that the ecommerce player sells sexual products under the health, medicine and wellness section. According to Doshi’s compliant products such as Anal Eaze (a lubricant) and Le Reve ribbed massager were being sold openly on these websites. For instance product named “The Pleasurepillar” was available on the website yesterday but however, now it has been discontinued.