The Kerala High Court has refused to categorise the cover of the March issue of Grihalakshmi
magazine showing a woman breastfeeding her baby as obscene, noting that shocking one's morals is an elusive concept, and that one man's vulgarity is another man's lyric.
The Bench observed:
We do not see, despite our best efforts, obscenity in the picture, nor do we find anything objectionable in the caption, for men. We looked at the picture with the same eyes we look at the paintings of artists like Raja Ravi Varma. As the beauty
lies in the beholder's eye, so does obscenity, perhaps.
Petitioner Felix M.A. had contended that the magazine cover violated provisions of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and Rules, as well as Section 45 of the Juvenile Justice Act. He had also alleged violation of provisions of the
Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986, and an Article of the Constitution of India.