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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 - 17:54
Madras HC bans photos of living persons on banners, hoardings in Tamil Nadu
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The Madras high court has banned the use of pictures of living persons on banners and hoardings in Tamil Nadu, where towering cut-outs of politicians and actors are almost a part of the local culture.

The court asked Tamil Nadu’s top official to maintain a clean environment and also ensure that there were “no unnecessary drawings” on buildings and residential places in all wards of the southern state.

It means that pictures of the chief minister, ministers or politicians can no longer be used in posters or hoardings, often put up as a show of strength and support – larger the better.

The court has also barred the use of photos of people sponsoring the pictures.

The court was hearing a plea by Chennai resident B. Thirulochana Kumari who had asked the local civic body to remove a party board, banner and a flag erected in front of her home by a Mathi.

The petitioner said police declined to accept her application and instead threatened her with a case under the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes (prevention of atrocities) act.

Asking the chief secretary to ensure clean surroundings, the court told the official to ensure that provisions of the Tamil Nadu open places (prevention of disfigurement) act, 1959, were amended from time to time.

Many Twitter users welcomed the decision, saying banners and posters in public areas hindered traffic and dirtied the environment. But, others wondered how the advertising industry would react to the order.

(Hindustan Times)

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