India to Ban 857 Porn Websites!

News - (on August 03, 2015 08:52 AM)

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Is Freedom Still a Debate in India?


India has ban and blocked 857 porn websites one by one to prevent Kids accessing them, however, adults would still be able to access the sites!


India, as a fourth largest source of porn sites traffic stated by adult site Pornhub in 2014, behind the US, UK and Canada, has blocked 857 websites with porn content in what it says is a move to prevent children from accessing these websites.


However, it is told that the ban is not complete, as adult can still access these porn webpages using different VNPs and proxies. So website could be accessed with people aged 18 plus, or those having online account associated with their phone numbers.


"There is no total ban. This was done in the backdrop of Supreme Court's observation on children having free access to porn sites. The idea is also to protect India's cultural fabric. This will not prevent adults from visiting porn sites," A senior official, who preferred to remained unnamed said.


In, July, the Supreme Court said that because these websites were making negative impact, by not banning these sites by Government, the Court is not happy, especially those websites featuring child pornography.


Moreover, according to Court, "It is an issue for the government to deal with” and if the Court “pass interim order directing to” block all of adult sites, “let us keep in mind the possible contention of a person who could ask what crime have I committed by browsing adult websites in private within the four walls of my house. Could he not argue about his right to freedom to do something within the four walls of his house without violating any law?"


Telecom companies were already showing reluctance to block these websites from its very roots by expressing the company may took time to “block each site one by one” and consequently will take a few days for all service providers to block all the sites," an unnamed telecom company executive told The Times of India newspaper.


These events are consequences of set of rape incidents challenged by Indian society. Where, there are many supporter of these website on the basis of freedom of expression, there are many opposing this idea of freely allow them to pollute innocent mind to let it do crime. The main reason behind this polarization in opinion is due to mix cultural society of India.


However, one of the senior officials says that it is still a “temporary arrangement. The telecommunications depart will eventually come up with a long term policy [of controlling access] to these sites later."


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