Ban on porno sites in India

Lata Jain

Bharat appears to have banned porn, ordering internet companies to turn off access to adult websites, dating pages and pornographic blogs.

Government in an order directed internet service providers to ban over 800 pornographic websites.

As per reports, most internet service providers — including Vodafone, MTNL and BSNL — are showing blank pages instead of porno sites. The matter came to the limelight late on Saturday, when a number of internet users across the country could not access pornographic websites.

The hashtag #PornBan became a top Twitter trend on Sunday morning. A list of the banned sites includes Adult Friend Finder — a hugely-popular site to let people find sexual partners — and Fleshbot, a porn blog that writes about news as well as showing highly-explicit photos.

Local reports said that the bans were made under “Rule 12” — a part of the country’s “IT Act” that gives the government the power to force ISPs to block certain sites. Those sites should be blocked when it is “necessary or expedient so to do in the interest of sovereignty and integrity of India, defense of India, security of the State, friendly relations with foreign states or public order or for preventing incitement to the commission of any cognizable offence relating to above”, the law says.

Reacting sharply to the ban Chetan Bhagat the famous writer tweeted,” Don’t ban porn. Ban men ogling, leering, and brushing past, groping, molesting, abusing, humiliating and raping women. Ban non-consent. Not sex.”

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