New Delhi: Bollywood's newest star Sunny Leone is a big draw here and so are
MMS clips of various sex scandals and porn scenes and the newly
available sex toys smuggled from China.
Even as Parliament Monday hotly debated rising rapes and
"depravity" in society and demands to check spread of pornographic
material, it seems porn was for the asking literally down the
Notoriously famous for being the capital's "porn hub", Palika
Bazar, the underground shopping complex in Connaught Place, is
witnessing a new clientele as teenaged school and college students
are giving way to labourers, rickshaw pullers and daily-wage
workers who are thronging the market for cheap and easily
This IANS correspondent visited the market in the business heart
of Delhi and the shopkeepers admitted that advancements in
technology and the decline in the number of affluent customers
have given way to this new breed of shoppers who are looking for
"People who have laptops and internet don't come here anymore. It
is the labour class which is driving the sales," said a shopkeeper
on the first floor of the market, refusing to reveal his name.
According to shopkeepers, with easy access to internet at homes
and on mobile phones, affluent customers, from the middle and
upper middle class have declined gradually.
"They (labourers) are not teach-savvy nor do they have the money,
so they get all the masala (porn clips) downloaded in their
phones," said his associate seated at the counter with a laptop in
front of him that had the image of Indo-Canadian adult actress
Sunny Leone in a skimpy dress as the background.
"Her clips are the most in demand," said the man pointing to
Leone, who gained fame after her appearance in the fifth season of
the Bigg Boss reality show.
Armed with budget brand cellphones which cost anywhere between Rs.
800 to Rs.2,000 with big screens for better video playback and
expandable memory, the new category of customers can have access
to porn 24X7 without the fuss of owning a CD player and a TV.
Moreover, the thumbnail sized memory card, loaded with hundreds of
porn clips or movies, is easy to conceal in a wallet and used when
required as against stacks of CDs and DVDs.
The shopkeepers can download hundreds of clips on the memory card
ranging from 2 GB to 10 GB for anywhere between Rs.100 to 400
depending on the clips as well as bargaining skills.
Though the categories of the clips vary, the shopkeepers say it is
the MMS clips, some real and some staged, which are the most
favourite. Such clips are often shot in hotel rooms, hostels or
cars with or without the consent of the couples in it.
"Kand (scandals) are the most in demand," said another shop owner
to IANS with a leering smile and almost snatched my mobile phone
from my hand, eager to fill it up with 'kands' at a "decent"
The market, however has not been completely forgotten by its loyal
affluent customers, who according to shopkeepers, have moved
beyond CDs and are into buying sex toys, most of which are
smuggled from China.
Inflatable dolls, dildos, vibrators and even sex gums which claim
to work like Viagra are easily available at several shops. All you
have to do is ask.
Some shops have even put the toys up on display on glass shelves
to cater to timid customers.
According to police reports, the two men behind the heinous
gangrape of a five-year-old in Delhi last week had watched porn in
an inebriated state just before kidnapping the child and raping
(Rahul Vaishnavi can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)