Published On: Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015

857 porn sites banned in India

New Delhi: The internet services providers in the country have blocked over 857 ‘porn websites’ in the country on the direction of government of India.

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

The move, however, did not go down well with majority of people who took to social media to criticise it.

The government had asked all internet services provider to block access to 857 pornography websites through the Telecom Ministry order.

The Telecom Ministry Friday issued the confidential order addressed to all Internet service licensees asks for the “disablement” of 857 URLs” under “the provision of section 7913)(b) of the Information Technology Act, 2000 as the content hosted on these websites relate to morality, decency as given in Article 19(2)of the Constitution of India.”

This is the “the largest single order” of such a nature, says Pranesh Prakash, policy director at Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), which has posted a copy on its website.

However, The government on Monday denied a crackdown on pornographic websites, saying that the denial of access to the sites was only “temporary” and a prelude to the creation of a regulatory body.

“It was because of the Supreme Court’s observation. The case is going on in the Supreme Court since 2013. The government has issued a advisory to the Internet Service Providers to take appropriate action,” sources in the Telecom Ministry said.

“Porn ban is anti-freedom, impractical, not enforceable. Politically not very smart too. avoidable. Let’s not manage people’s private lives,” author Chetan Bhagat tweeted.

The apex court took cognizance of the matter after a lawyer filed a PIL to block porn sites.

“I appreciate what the government has done by blocking 857 porn sites,” a lawyer said. “The government has taken some steps after three years. There is no right to watch illegal things even in private space. I’ve given examples of sexually explicit acts/ obscene acts in the court,” he said.

TST

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