After Swarajya’s Report On Kindle Selling Porn Books Targeting Hindu Women, Amazon Removes Some But Many Still Remain

by Swati Goel Sharma and Sanjeev Newar - Jan 15, 2021 01:10 PM +05:30 IST
After Swarajya’s Report On Kindle Selling Porn Books Targeting Hindu Women, Amazon Removes Some But Many Still RemainMost books show 2015, 2016 and 2017 as their years of publishing.
Snapshot
  • The problem of pornographic content on Amazon India’s Kindle, especially pornographic content targetting women of a specific religion, is far from solved.

About two weeks ago, Swarajya reported that online retailer Amazon India was selling scores of pornographic and rape fantasy novels as Kindle editions that specifically depicted Muslim men and Hindu women.

The books had content which suggested that Muslim men are physically and sexually superior to Hindu men, and Hindu women prefer Muslim men over Hindu men. Most such books depicted bindi-wearing women and skull cap-wearing men on their cover. They also mentioned ‘Hindu woman’ and ‘Muslim man’ in the title.

The books used words like “whore Hindu bitch” and contained lines like “Vinita worshipped the Muslim man’s penis, exploring every nook and cranny of his genitalia”.

One of the books was titled Indian Hindu wife’s affair with her Muslim lover . It described sexual acts between a married Hindu woman named Shweta with her Muslim friend Razia’s husband named Ashraf.

A paragraph from the book read: “He was specially turned on by Hindu women…He liked the awe-faced expression of these women whenever he would show his big cock with a circumcised head. Apart from his regal size, he definitely earned brownie points from Hindu women, by the way his cut cock looked. It was definitely a ‘huge’ surprise for such wives, who were accustomed to uncut penises of modest sizes.”

Cover of an e-book ‘Indian Hindu wife’s affair with her Muslim lover’, which has now been removed from Kindle.
Cover of an e-book ‘Indian Hindu wife’s affair with her Muslim lover’, which has now been removed from Kindle.

The book was authored in the name of ‘Neelima Stevens’, who had more than 20 similar books on Kindle.

On the same day, the Swarajya report was published, the National Commission for Women (NCW) took cognisance of it and sent a notice to Amazon.

The letter by NCW chief Rekha Sharma to Amazon India head Amit Agarwal said that “the e-commerce website shall not be instrumental in dissemination of pornographic and rape content as it violates provisions of law”.

The letter, which refrained from commenting on the religious nature of the pornographic content, further said that Amazon India “shall take all measures to stop the transmission of any content that may perpetrate and promote crime against women and convey a wrong message to the society”.

The next day, authors of the Swarajya report received an email from a spokesperson of Amazon India, saying that Amazon has “strict policies against illegal, illicit or infringing content and are investigating this matter”.

The email from the communications team of Amazon India.
The email from the communications team of Amazon India.

A couple of days later, it was found that Amazon had removed all the books mentioned in the Swarajya report from its Kindle store. The Swarajya report had cited content from seven books by four authors. Amazon also removed all the 20-plus books by ‘Neelima Stevens’.

Two weeks later, the problem of pornographic content, especially pornographic content targetting women of a specific religion, is far from solved.

The Kindle store continues to feature and sell many ebooks on the same theme. While Amazon removed all titles in name of two authors mentioned in the Swarajya report (Neelima Stevens and Nikki Ravlani), it has not done the same with other authors.

In name of Sunita Saran, whose novel Hindu wife becomes night treat for Muslim mafia don was cited in the Swarajya report, there are still half-a-dozen titles available on Kindle.

In name of Pavish Singh, whose novel Hindu wife sexy encounter with Muslim driver was cited in Swarajya report, there are still about a dozen titles on Kindle.

There are several authors that Swarajya had not mentioned in the previous report, but whose pornographic novels themed around Hindu women and Muslim men continue to sell on Kindle.

For instance, ‘Sharan Baddle’ has more than 40 titles available on Kindle. Almost all books are pornographic, and many of them feature Hindu women having extra-marital affairs with Muslim men. A novel series by the author is about an extra-marital affair between a Hindu woman Awasari and “Mr Habib”.

An e-book on interfaith porn that is still available.
An e-book on interfaith porn that is still available.

Another novel series by the same author is about a woman named Rachna cheating on her husband Avinash, with Aslam.

A paragraph from one of the books in this series, titled Indian wife cheats, reads: “Her eyes were mesmerised by the sight of Aslam’s cock. It was at least double in length as compared to Avinash. It was clean and circumcised as in case of Muslim men.”

Similarly, in the name of another author ‘Shweta Rajput’ is a book titled The Golden Indian Slut. It’s a pornographic novel featuring a Hindu woman Shweta and a Muslim man Zeeshan.

An e-book on interfaith porn that is still available.
An e-book on interfaith porn that is still available.

One of the initial paragraphs in the novel reads: “I always had a thing for Muslim guys. They are tall, they are muscular, they have this masculine beard and from what I’d heard, they are really good in bed.”

Another paragraph says, “Deep down in my fantasies, I always used to imagine fucking a Muslim guy; him being the dominant alpha made and myself as a submissive and an obedient girl who is ready to do anything to please him…I was born to a Rajput family with rich cultural traditions.”

There are many more such authors and many more such books available on Kindle.

As the authors explained in their earlier report, publishers of such books seem to be taking advantage of Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing service that allows just about anybody to make an account and self-publish.

All that one needs to do is create an account, and enter author name, payment and tax information before publishing.

Though the Amazon website states “strict” guidelines for self-publishing marking pornography as “prohibited”.

It’s quite obvious that Amazon is simply not doing enough to vet the content before it is made available for easy access to anybody with Internet and an online payment mode.

It’s pertinent to mention here that such pornographic novels with religious identities reversed – that is, Hindu men and Muslim women – are hard to find on Kindle. Thus, Amazon India’s Kindle Direct Publishing service not only has a porn problem, but a porn problem that specifically targets women of a specific religion by men of a specific religion.

The previous report by Swarajya explained that several themes in the said novels have disturbing similarities with real-life incidents. For instance, story of a Muslim man repeatedly raping a Hindu woman by threatening to circulate her sexual videos, in the book Hindu wife becomes night treat for Muslim mafia don, has many precedents in real life. Read here, here and here.

The Swarajya report also cited several examples to raise the concern that this targetting of Hindu women in the online world is running parallel to their targetting in real life.

The report also raised the concern that the proliferation of such e-books point to a nefarious design given that the Pakistan Army has been found to be pumping money into content that shows Indian Hindu women fantasising about Pakistani Muslim men.

There is a need for intervention of the Indian government to probe the creators and disseminators of this content from the perspective of not only gender crime but also internal security and external threat.

These authors have already written to the Home Ministry to look into the matter. However, there has been no reply so far.

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