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Are sex toys legal in India?

By Layla

A lot of first time customers ask us if sex toys like dildos and vibrators are legal in India, if there is a ban on certain toys and whether it is allowed to buy them. There is a common misconception that sex toys are banned for sale in India which is not true. Sadly, this misconception is even spread amongst many Indian customs officers, which is why we would not recommend to order sex toys from abroad on your own and try to get them shipped to India without the help of a customs agency or a legal advisor. This guide walks you through how to recognise which sex toys are allowed in India and where to buy sex toys in India in a legal manner!

Is the selling and buying of sex toys illegal in India? 

The short answer to this question, unfortunately, is Yes and No. There is no general ban on sex toys in India, however, there are certain Indian laws governing obscenity that restrict the market for adult toys in the country. Any product that violates obscenity laws - this could be a sex toy, a decorative item or even a piece of art - falls within this grey area of the Indian law. Therefore, only sex toys which are not displayed or marketed in an obscene manner are legal in India.

There is no general ban on sex toys in India, however, there are certain Indian laws governing obscenity that restrict the market for adult toys in the country.

Generally speaking, Indian law recognises its citizens' right to privacy when it comes to adult products - meaning that it's no one's business how you choose to experience sexual pleasure in the privacy of your own home. In 2011, The Calcutta High Court addressed the question whether sex toys sold in India are to be considered obscene by nature. The specific case involved a private citizen from Calcutta who had tried to import sex toys from abroad and had run into problems with Indian customs, which led to the case being filed by that citizen against the customs office. The Calcutta High Court eventually ruled that the charges on obscenity were not legally sustainable, and the petitioner of the case was permitted to import the sex toys. The opinion of the court in short: Just because an item brings out sexual desires, it cannot be labeled as 'obscene'. Therefore, sex toys are legal in India, as long as they do not violate obscenity laws in terms of display and packaging of the item.

The Calcutta High Court eventually ruled that the charges on obscenity were not legally sustainable, and the petitioner of the case was permitted to import the sex toys. The opinion of the court in short: Just because an item brings out sexual desires, it cannot be labeled as 'obscene'.

To give an example: In most Indian pharmacies and drug stores you can find discreetly packaged sex toys such as vibrating cock rings and sexual lubricants. These adult items are not banned by Indian law, because they do not violate obscenity laws and can therefore be sold openly in India. The same goes for online sales of adult products in India: As long as they are packaged discreetly and the packaging does not feature obscene images or nude photos, sex toys are perfectly legal to sell and buy.

How does Lovetreats ensure that the sex toys we sell in India are legal?

When you order from us here at Lovetreats, your sex toy is always shipped from our India based warehouse, so that you don't have to worry about customs or legal issues. Our legal team handles the import of the goods which we buy in bulk from Europe and the US and works closely with Indian customs to thoroughly check each item before it is stocked in our warehouse near Bangalore. When you buy a sex toy from our online shop, the customs fees are already paid for by us and the item is shipped to you in 100% discreet packaging from within India. We can therefore put your mind at ease: All the products you can find at Lovetreats are 100% legally imported into India and are in compliance with the local laws and customs procedures. So while not all sex toys are allowed in India, the ones we sell at Lovetreats are 100% legal.

When you order a sex toy on Lovetreats, your order is always shipped from our India based warehouse, so that you don't have to worry about customs or legal issues.

imported sex toys - Lovetreats sourcing process for sex toys

Which sex toys are allowed in India?

For further clarifications - There is actually no specific Indian law referring to sexual wellness products. As a retailer, we have to keep India's obscenity laws in mind when selecting sex toys for our online shop and presenting them in a tasteful and legally compliant manner. For example, we have to ensure that sex toy packaging does not display nude images or obscene designs. India's obscenity law is also why we refrain from selling certain products such as realistic sex dolls which could be considered as obscene. Instead, we have chosen a tasteful, discreet range of sex toys for men and sex toys for women to ensure legality and compliance with Indian laws.

Hand about to bang gavel on sounding block in the court room

Where to buy sex toys legally in India?

If you are wondering where to buy sex toys in India, you've come to the right place! We at Lovetreats promise 100% legal sex toys, which will be discreetly packaged and shipped to the destination of your choice anywhere in India. We offer a wide range of imported legal adult toys for women, men and couples, as well as condoms, lubes and accessories. All orders are shipped from our India based warehouse, so our customers don't need to worry about customs clearance and can rest assured that whatever sex toys they order on Lovetreats are allowed for sale in India! By the way - Did you know that we ship every order in 100% discreet packaging with no mention of the product or brand name on the parcel, invoice or credit card bill? Your secret is safe with us! Neither the delivery person nor your nosy neighbours will know what you ordered.

If you prefer offline over online shopping, you can also find a limited range of sex toys in most Indian pharmacies and drug stores, e.g. vibrating penis rings and lubes.

Indian couple with vibrator

 

Are sex toys safe to use?

If you buy a quality sex toy from a trusted source - Yes! At Lovetreats, all our products are carefully selected and sourced from international, tried and tested premium brands. All sex toys you can find at Lovetreats are made of bodysafe materials like medical grade silicone, so they are hygienic and safe to use. We highly recommend you to buy only original sex toys that are legal in India and which have been properly cleared in Indian customs. 

Selection of different sex toys available on Lovetreats

Who do you consult about purchasing a sex toy?

Now that you know that sex toys are allowed in India and that there are ways of buying them legally, you might be wondering how to go about choosing your first sex toy. Here's what we recommend: You could talk to a sex therapist or counsellor, depending on your requirements, they might refer you to a particular pharmacy or refer you a list of products that you can use to experience pleasure.

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