The Mona Singh MMS scandal is just the latest in a very long line of leaked sex videos of Indian celebs

There has been another MMS sex scandal in India to add to numerous others involving the usual suspects – actors, actresses, models, god men and politicians, not necessarily in that order.

Indian television actress Mona Singh pictured at a Bollywood awards event in 2007. Pic: AP.

Sex video scandals are nothing new in India. The ones I can recall include Swami Nityananda, who claimed he did not know what he was doing as he was in some kind of trance. Nobody, of course believed him. Another allegedly involved octogenarian ND Tiwari, proving that no Viagra is greater than being a politician in this country, given their enormous clout.

There was one involving actress Kareena Kapoor with her then beau Shahid Kapur that could have passed off as a tutorial on how couples should not kiss each other. The clip was vehemently denied.

Surprisingly, no cricketer has ever been caught in the act. At least I don’t recall any, which highlights the excessive cricket being played by India. The poor rich boys have no time beyond wielding the willow. Or, maybe everybody idealizes Sachin Tendulkar too much, with his combination of perfect professional and personal ethics.

Predictably, the latest sex video has gone viral online, again highlighting that scandalous porn rules in the virtual world.

The MMS sex clip involves an unfortunate actress called Mona Singh whose pictures have allegedly been morphed. I had not heard about Mona until news about her splashed on national news. Apparently she is a TV celebrity.

I have stopped watching Indian TV channels as they don’t excite any of my faculties, including the dumb and unintelligent part. I have desperately tried to don an exponentially silly side, but have still failed to appreciate Indian TV programming. That’s the reason I had no idea that a TV star called Mona existed, until the MMS scandal happened.

For a moment I did think, why Mona, why not anybody else.  Thankfully, there is no need to morph Sunny Leone, unless one seeks to make a clip in which she is not having sex. The creator of the Mona MMS clip probably loved Mona a lot.

(READ MORE: The Sunny Leone effect: Is a porn star empowering Bollywood actresses?)

The cops, I believe, are trying to get to the bottom of the episode after Mona filed a complaint. The police are getting better at handling cybercrime. For so long used to instant solutions by the wielding the baton (lathi, danda in colloquial) the cops did not quite get it right when cybercrime emerged.

They went about arresting anybody downloading an illegal MMS clip, rather than focusing on those who created the videos. While the cops figured out such simple nuances, owning a computer with a net connection almost became a security risk in India.

The policemen could probably arrest almost all rickshaw wallahs as the poor are the most creative users of cell phones in India, including MMS downloading. The poor may not have enough to eat, but do make sure there is enough balance on their pre-paid cards and constantly change ring tones. Such is the addiction.

All MMS scandals have not actually been for the bad. Please don’t get me wrong here. But, if one were to apply sociologist Ashish Nandy’s argument that some corruption is good, all MMSs have not turned out as bad as initially envisaged.

As a matter of fact some suspect some MMS clips to be deliberate acts for publicity. Globally MMS sex queens have included Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian performing sexual acts with current or ex-boyfriends.

After being initially distraught, pretending or otherwise, these ladies have turned their instant global e-fame into multi-million dollar businesses as fashion divas, brand ambassadors, singers, actresses, reality TV stars, intellectuals, animal rights activists and more.

This does not mean that MMS scandals are for the good. It is a gross invasion of privacy. But, as Nandy might put it, they may not be entirely bad for some. Mona, of course, should get justice. The perpetrator of the crime should be behind bars, even if Justice Katju wants him pardoned.

This article first appeared on the Mocking Indian blog