India Blocks 857 Porn Websites On Grounds Of Morality

Posted: Aug 4 2015, 5:52am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

 

India Blocks 857 Porn Websites on Grounds of Morality
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  • India blocks 857 porno sites on basis of morality!
 

The move was carried out by the Indian officials to prevent pornography from becoming a social nuisance.

On Monday Indian officials finalized the ban of pornographic sites in the country. More than 857 porno sites were blocked. The officials cite the reason as to prevent pornography from becoming a social nuisance. The move has sparked a fierce debate on censorship and freedom in the country.

Internet service providers have been directed to block the pornographic sites. The order has been issued by the Indian department of telecommunications.

A spokesperson N.N. Kaul confirmed the news to Reuters. According to Kaul free and open access pornographic sites are under check. Kaul further stated they don’t want them to become a social nuisance in the country.

The sites have been blocked on the grounds of morality and decency. The government issued a 17 page order on the 31st of July to the internet service providers. On Monday the document was leaked to freedom of speech activists. The document listed all the 857 offending sites to be blocked. 

The sites became inaccessible over the weekend. The sites when opened displayed messages saying they were blocked by the relevant authorities. The debate on the ban has been escalating on social media in India. The hash tag #Pornban soon became a trend. 

The ban came after the Supreme Court failed to impose an outright ban on internet porn last month. A petition was filed saying internet porn fuels sex crimes. The court did ask the ministry to review the matter.

Afterwards a letter was sent to the secretary from the Minister of Telecommunications. The Indian government is currently working on a long term solution and the ban is only temporary. 

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