Kambi Kathakal reffers to malayalam fictional and factual stories of Malayalees sexual relationships which have the power to or are intended to arouse the reader sexually. Such Stories takes the form of novels, short stories, true-life memoirs etc. A common feature of this Kathakal are fantasies on themes such as Auntys,Neighbour,Teacher,Bus Travel,In-Laws etc.Collections of thise stories can the found in books popularly knonw as kochupusthakam among Malayalees.Despite cultural taboos on such material, circulation of these books was not seen as a major problem before the internet era as the costs of producing individual manuscripts limited distribution to a very small group of readers.
Thund Kathakal was present on the Internet from the earliest days. Increased interactivity and anonymity allows casual or hobby writers the opportunity not only to author their own stories but also to share them with a world-wide audience. Many authors adopt colorful pseudonyms and can develop cult followings within their genre, though a small numberuse there real names.
Reading Kambi Kathakal on Internet in privat is not illegal act in India & is not punishable offence under the Information Technology Act, 2000 in .But The Information Technology Act, Chapter XI Paragraph 67, the Government of India clearly considers online pornography as a punishable offense. The Indian Penal Code, 1860 section 293 also specifies, in clear terms, the law against sale of obscene objects to minors.
”67. Publishing of information which is obscene in electronic form. – Whoever publishes or transmits or causes to be published in the electronic form, any material which is lascivious or appeal to the prurient interest or if its effect is such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear the matter contained or embodied in it, shall be punished on first conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years and with fine which may extend to one lakh rupees and in the event of a second or subsequent conviction with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years and also with fine which may extend to two lakh rupees.”
The Indian law states that only the distribution of pornography is illegal, while its creation and accessing is not.Section 67 of the Information Technology Act deals with “publishing obscene information in electronic form”. This law has been interpreted to criminalize posting of pornographic content online. However, accessing of “obscene” content within one’s privacy is not illegal. The IT Act was amended by the Parliament on 2008, and Section 67B was inserted which criminalizes browsing, downloading pdf , creation, publishing child porn.