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The Indecent Advertisements Prohibition Act, 1963

( ACT NO. XII OF 1963 )

2. In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,-
(a) “advertisement” includes any notice, circular or other document, displayed on any house, building or wall, or published in any newspaper or periodical, and any announcement made orally or by any means of producing or transmitting light or sound, but does not include trade circulars issued by manufacturers of drugs to medical practitioners;
(b) “indecent” includes whatsoever may amount to any incentive to sensuality and excitement of impure thoughts in the mind of an ordinary man of normal temperament, and has the tendency to deprave and corrupt those whose minds are open to such immoral influence, and which is deemed to be detrimental to public morals and calculated to produce pernicious effect, in depraving and debauching the minds of persons;
(c) “taking any part in the publication of any advertisement” includes-
(i) the writing, typing, stamping, drawing, announcing, printing or transmitting of the advertisement;
(ii) the publication of any advertisement outside Bangladesh by or at the instance of a person residing in Bangladesh;
(d) “public place” means any place where an advertisement can be seen or heard by members of the public.

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