Govt Wants Child Porn Ban, But Feasibility in Doubt

As the meme goes, “First it was beef, then liquor in Kerala, then Maggi and now it is porn? Way to go BAN-ANA REPUBLIC!” It is now an old joke on the internet to start your day with the question “So, what are we banning today?”

From threats to jokes, Indians reacted to the recent ban of porn sites in varying degrees of dissent. References to Kamasutra, the Parliament and Sunny Leone were quite common. While some saw the ban as a violation of personal freedom, some called it out as a blatant attack on democracy.

After all the hue and cry, the government told the apex court on Monday that it had no intention of moral policing or converting India a totalitarian state. The Supreme Court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Kaklesh Vaswani, an Indore lawyer who was seeking total shutdown of porn websites.

“Two persons watching something in their bedroom can’t be penalized.…we cannot be present in everyone’s bedroom,” attorney general Mukul Rohatgi told a bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu. He added that the whole issue needed a larger debate.

The government has, however, sought a complete ban on child pornography.

Remains to be seen how it plans to implement this. Experts are doubtful about the technical feasibility of blocking child pornography altogether. Internet service providers (ISPs) have already pointed out that they have no mechanism or way to filter out child pornography.

Further hearing in this case is slated in October.

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