A Christian youth organization today staged a peaceful protest in Lusaka to against continued circulation of pornographic materials in the country despite measures to ban such stuff.
The youth organisation, known as Generation Impact Foundation, complained that pornographic material was eroding the morals of people, especially the youth.
GIF founder and Chief Executive, Panji Chipeta has since called on government to stiffen laws against pornographic material y in order to protect the youths having their morals eroded and diluted with unpalatable acts.
GIF staged the protest from Lusaka main Post Office on Cairo road to the Cathedral of the Holly Cross on Church road.
Mr. Chipeta said in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka that the protest was meant to sensitize the public against the use of pornographic material which he said increased to immorality in the country.
He said according to the study conducted by the organisation recently, there has been an increase in the number of people watching pornographic material the country.
He said the most effected people were the women, the youth and children although the materials are mostly brought in the country by men.
Mr. Chipeta feared that if nothing urgent was done to curb the availability and circulation of pornographic materials in the country, Zambian’s moral fiber would be completely destroyed, thereby increasing the spread of HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
He observed that to a large extent, pornography contributes to rape and child defilement as women are degraded and are seen only as sexual objects by people who watch pornographic films and books.
He further said pornographic materials have destabilized marriages and destroyed families, adding that it has become a cancer that is eating up the Zambian society.
Mr. Chipeta said government, parliamentarian and the people sitting on the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) should in their debates include the putting up of stiffer penalties on the people supplying the materials.
He also appealed to the Internet service providers and Internet café owners to put safety measures that will help put this vice to a stop.
The Generation Impact Foundation also since written to shop owners and video libraries dealing are supplying pornographic materials to stop the act of selling and lending obscene DVDs.
Mr. Chipeta said the foundation was looking at modalities of working with the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), the police and other stakeholders to help fight this vice.
He said since Zambia is a Christian Nation, there is need for stopping the supply of obscene material to secure the future of the youth.