Measures to block p**n sites will be taken: Centre tells SC


13 May 2013
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Government on Wednesday assured the Supreme Court that all possible measures would be taken to block p**n sites, particularly those dealing with child p**nography. The assurance came after a bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu expressed its unhappiness that things have not moved forward and the petitioner in the matter was making all sorts of submissions.

“You have not blocked the websites. The petitioner is saying so much,” the bench, also comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Amitava Roy told Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand. The ASG said “we will do whatever is possible”. The bench, also asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, who was appearing in another court, to assist it in the matter and advise the concerned departments of the government.

However, before Anand had joined the proceedings, the counsel for petitioner had made certain remarks against the Secretaries of some concerned Ministries over the issue which was objected to by the bench and junior advocates appearing for the Centre. “All these are uncalled for,” the bench told advocate Vijay Panjwani, who was appearing for Indore-based lawyer Kamlesh Vaswani.

The counsel had made reference about the posting of some photographs of a woman on websites circulated by her estranged husband. He said the matter has been languishing for quite some time but the concerned ministries were not filing responses and counter affidavits. The government counsels said it was not the Information and Broadcasting Ministry but for the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to look into the issue.

The bench said no interim order can be passed in the matter which has to be examined after going through the counter-affidavit of the government department. The apex court had earlier asked the Secretary, DoT to file an affidavit on whether the government was competent to issue direction to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block p**n sites particularly those showing child p**nography.

The service providers had submitted that they on their own cannot block such sites and they can do so only on the direction of the government. The petitioner had pleaded that although watching obscene videos is not an offence, p**nographic sites should be banned as they were one of the major causes for crimes against women.

It was submitted that the Centre had failed to devise mechanism to block such sites and absence of internet laws encouraged people to watch p**n videos and as it was not an offence. The petition alleged that over 20 crore p**n videos or clippings were freely available in the market, which are directly being downloaded through internet or other video CDs. “The sexual content that kids are accessing today is far more graphic, violent, brutal, deviant and destructive and has put entire society in danger, so also safety threats to public order in India.

“The petitioner most respectfully submits that most of the offences committed against women/girls/children are fuelled by p**nography. The worrying issue is the severity and gravity of the images are increasing. It is a matter of serious concern that pre-pubescent children are being raped,” it had said. “At best, the IPC only recognises the offences of obscenity, kidnapping, abduction and other related offences which are not sufficient to tackle the issue of p**nography, and such videos,” it had said, adding that watching and sharing obscene videos should be made non-bailable and cognisable offence.

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But watching and storing adult videos for personal use is also crime or not?
Ok... no for child p**n :no

But dont block other adult sites :dodgy

They are trying to steal our net freedo. What shud we do in night time, YOGA :huh :angry
shawl_who said:
Ok... no for child p**n :no

But dont block other adult sites :dodgy

They are trying to steal our net freedo. What shud we do in night time, YOGA :huh :angry

We could see softcore movies even in YouTube thesedays... :shy

So blocking p**n in general not feasible ! :lol

If, then Internet providers would be the ones who get massive losses :p
sailaxman16 said:
:no:no:no:no no more child p**n sites.... But instead banning adult sites govt. must provide some age security service like username and password system ie one should crete username means he/she should upload any one off is identity proof scan copy so this should legal no one misuse this system.... Simply ban is not at all acceptable coz with out see these sites someone wat should do after marriage.... :shy:d:d:d

seriously giving ur id proof to a p**n website is like internet suicide .... (I dont know the exact word to use)

the supreme court has already said that they cant ban p**n sites because it interferes with ones personal rights... also there is nothing wrong in watching them. .;) :tup
also it will be impossible to ban p**n as a whole...
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