Ban on porn – India howls in protest!

The Union government’s move to ban over 800 pornographic sites has attracted widespread criticism on social media. Netizens are wondering what the ban on porn may lead to and whether is it an attack of personal liberties of an individual? In a country where even trivial issues make people take opposing stances it was expected that the ban on porn issue will be ripped apart and examined in detail.

india-pornHundreds of people have taken to the social media to protest against the ban on pornographic sites – there may be lakhs more who are against the move but their ‘Indian sanskar’ prevents them from joining the vocal league. Their central argument is on the question of personal liberty. What an adult person does in his private space should be of no business to the government.

Also, they argue that a ban on porn will rob the common man of an avenue to release his sexual energy leading to more cases of rapes and sexual assault.

The move, to restrict access to porn websites, came after a government order last month asking ISPs to block over 850 websites, the implementation of which continued through the weekend and is expected to be completed by Monday.

The government’s move though, appears to have found cover under the Supreme Court’s observation that little had been done to prevent child pornography, which is illegal, from being accessed on the web.

Internet Service Providers have expressed their apprehension, saying it is virtually impossible to ban porn websites given that servers hosting these sites were outside the country. Moreover, the government’s list of 857 websites is too small a number given that there are millions of porn websites on the web, a number growing by the day.

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team claims there are more than 40 million porn websites around the world and most of them operate outside India from locations where porn is legal. Further, those who really do want to access porn can do so using freely available proxy servers and location maskers.

In July this year, a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu dismissed a plea seeking to ban pornography in the country, questioning whether a ban of such nature would not be an infringement on ones freedom.

Immediately after the ban was put in place, social networks erupted with criticism of the government — which instituted the plan largely without notice and on grounds that campaigners planned to mount legal challenges against. As well as arguing that the legal and moral grounds of the ban were uncertain, others said that the ban addressed the wrong parts of gender relations in India.

India has the second-biggest population of internet users in the world, after China. It also has one of the largest internet porn visitors, ranking fourth in number of Pornhub traffic.

Author: SubEditor

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