Indian Government Orders ISPs To Block 857 Porn Websites

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So, how did India become world’s 2nd most populated country?

Government of India doesn’t want to believe that it was sex, after all.

In a naked display of ‘talibanization’ of Internet freedom, Government of India has passed orders to ban 857 pornographic websites all over the country. As per reports coming in, and as per confirmation from telecom firms, the orders were passed on Friday evening; and the blocking of porn websites would be start at full throttle from Monday. In fact, if you visit any of the porn sites today, most probably you will find blank pages thrown at you!

A source told ET, “The telecom department sent an order to block 857 websites late on Friday. that is probably why only few ISPs have blocked these over the weekend.”

Last year, in November, we had reported that Govt. is seriously thinking about a porn ban and had asked IAMAI and ISPs to prepare a list of porn sites and create a blueprint for blocking ‘the problem of porn’.

Based on various feedback received from different corners of India, it seems that the porn ban has started being implemented slowly, but gradually.

Movie director Ram Gopal Varma said on Twitter, “To deprive consenting adults of the harmless fun they are having of watching porn is equivalent of what Taliban and ISIS is doing to freedom,”

However, some Internet service providers are still in doubt, as they are attempting to figure out the legal complications of such a ban. Such a blanket ban on porn is , after all, a threat on the Freedom of Choice and Freedom of Expression.

An unnamed executive from Telecom firm said, “After the government meeting, there was an internal meeting of Internet companies and we haven’t moved from our side. What’s nudity to one person might be art to someone else. The scope of what can be blocked has to be really narrow,”

LegallyIndia claimed that ISPs have received the porn ban diktat under the Rule 12 of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking for Access of Information by Public) Rules, 2009, which carry a prison term of 7 years if any company fails to implement any Govt. directive.

Interestingly, Govt. didn’t use Section 69A of IT Act to order this ban, because Sec 69A requires a ‘reason’ for the ban. And here, it seems, Govt. has no reason whatsoever, besides their assumption that porn is bad for the society.

As of now, there is no law which prohibits watching pornography in India; however, production and transmission of ‘obscene content’ is banned, as per various provisions of IT Laws and Indian Penal Code.

Fundamental Rights Violated

Last month, an advocate had filed a PIL in Supreme Court, asking for a nation-wide porn ban.

Chief Justice H.L. Dattu observed, “Such interim orders cannot be passed by this court. Somebody may come to the court and say look I am above 18 and how can you stop me from watching it within the four walls of my room. It is a violation of Article 21 [right to personal liberty]”

Going by this order, this recent ban on porn websites is a clear violation of Indian citizen’s fundamental rights.

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