857 sites seen as ‘immoral and indecent’ banned in India

India bans over 800 sites asserted as being immoral and indecent

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

India has banned 857 sites of which are considered to be pornografic, asserting them to be immoral and indecent.

Users see a white space when they in visit such sites in India while there is no message from the Internet Service Provider (ISP) that the site has been blocked by the government.

Cyber law expert Pavan Duggal spoke regarding the banned sites saying, “While the intention of the government is very, very noble, the government wants to ensure that the standards of decency and morality in India must be maintained.”

“The government wants to protect innocent Indians' minds from being exposed to content, which is likely to corrupt their minds when they view such content,” he added.

A warning had not been given beforehand for the banning of the sites.

The Indian government told the Supreme Court it would take steps for the hindering of pornographic sites, ones involving child pornography sites in particular.

Nikhil Pahwa, an activist, also spoke regarding the issue saying he was surprised with the government’s move on blocking the websites.

"Pornography is not illegal in the country. So I am quite surprised by this move from the government, especially since Chief Justice of the Supreme Court had said a few days that they can't really restrict people from watching things in their own personal and private space,” Pahwa told.

Watching child pornography has been a legal offence since 2008 in India.

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology announced it would put in place an ombudsman for investigation of cyber content-related issues.


TRTWorld and agencies