Porn ban: Govt reviews order, asks ISPs to block only child porn

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the government is committed for freedom of communication on the Internet.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: August 5, 2015 9:15 am
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Under fire for its decision to ban 857 websites over issues of “morality” and “decency”, the government Tuesday reviewed its order and lifted the ban on websites that did not contain pornographic material but were mentioned in the list.

A PTI report, however, quoted a government official as saying that the ban was likely to continue on websites containing child pornography material.

“The government is directing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as an interim measure to disable porn sites featuring child pornography. Other considerations will be looked into after the court hearing,” the agency said, quoting a government source.

READ: Why India’s order to block 857 websites might not work

The 17-page order issued by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) Friday listed the names of websites that were being blocked. But it also contained names of several humour and dating websites, forcing the government to revise its order within a day.

On Tuesday, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad chaired a high-level review meeting that was attended by IT Secretary R S Sharma and Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, among others.

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Prasad said that the meeting concluded with the decision to tell the ISPs to let websites without pornographic material remain accessible.
While explaining the rationale behind the original directive, Prasad said: “The instant action was basically in obedience to the observation of the Supreme Court, where the court had asked the department to take action on the list of alleged porn sites provided by the petitioner.”

The minister, however, maintained that the government was committed to freedom of communication on the Internet.

“The government compliments dissemination of the idea on social media. We have launched the ‘mygov’ platform to seek views of the people on the developmental agenda, and lakhs are participating on this platform,” PTI quoted Prasad as saying.

The Centre had Friday issued an order to block 857 websites following the Supreme Court’s July 8, 2015 directive in response to a petition filed in 2013.

The PIL filed by Indore-based lawyer Kamlesh Vaswani in 2013 sought an action plan and an exclusive law to contain the proliferation of pornographic websites.

On July 8, the Supreme Court nudged the government towards taking action. The bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu  had expressed its unhappiness over the fact that things had not moved ahead and the sites were still functional.

A DeitY official had on Monday confirmed that the  ISPs had been asked by the department to take down 857 porn websites.

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    Per
    Aug 5, 2015 at 12:17 am
    All sane people watch. All Brahmins do to their mother and sisters. Brahmins are well known perverts. So they do not want others to even enjoy by watching. They again prove at national level that BRAHMINS are the ONLY PERVRRTS IN THE WORLD
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      bonku
      Aug 4, 2015 at 7:13 pm
      Who said Bin Tughlak died? India has it's more than its fair share of such people in government ever since!
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        Dharma
        Aug 4, 2015 at 9:39 pm
        Shameless and spineless govt. cant you take the step with conviction.
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          MODIOT
          Aug 5, 2015 at 12:29 am
          BJP, Bagidia, Togodia, LK Advani, Thatvani, Bajrang Bali, and all BRAHMIN JOKERS PARTY MEMBERS ENJO THE ITALIAN BAR GIRL DANCE FOR 10 YEARS. HOW UNFAIR THAT THEY WANT TO BAN.
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            They
            Aug 4, 2015 at 9:36 pm
            Brahmins Su/k white men's do all over the world and ban in india
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              J l
              Aug 4, 2015 at 7:33 pm
              Was the government not committed to freedom when they banned the sites. How has this realisation come one day after the decision. Decisions taken unthinkingly and without adequate thought , bold exaggerations and dumb claims has become a characteristic of the government. Whether it was the revision of IT Return forms or land bill or now the ban on internet sites decisions are taken unthinkingly resulting in their reversal.
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                Yup
                Aug 4, 2015 at 9:20 pm
                MODI sob has the time to watch all seks movies
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                  ayillyad
                  Aug 5, 2015 at 3:45 am
                  Lol guyss... appreciate your thought..... why not we start with a harthal ban, ban politicians who dont even know what india is, ban those politicians who doesnt keep up their words... ban corruptions .... soooo much to baaaaaannn... keeepp going.govt.... lets see how this gonnaa change the society...... how far their be a reduction in the cases of rape and other illegal stuffss.... Hope for the best.... Jai Ho!
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                    Bharath Kedlaya
                    Aug 4, 2015 at 8:53 pm
                    Says the minister : 'I reject with contempt the charge of talibanisation.....' The minister has every right to reject charges. But in a democracy, he is answerable to the opposition, the media, and the public. He has no right whatsoever to have 'contempt' . Such arrogance is shocking. As is said, pride goes before the downfall.
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                      S.Gonesh
                      Aug 4, 2015 at 11:12 pm
                      The government is fully wrong by allowing undecency in the country. The coming generation must wipe out all the rotten laws in Bharat. In a Hindu society, there is no need for decadence. Hindustan must defend the honour of its womenhood.
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                        Raj
                        Aug 5, 2015 at 11:52 am
                        Another pedo- pervert . Angry that you can't see little boys and girls on your favorite site you pervert ??
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                          Raj
                          Aug 5, 2015 at 11:51 am
                          Go join the vatican - there you can exploit children and say sorry. In India it is about time something was done to prevent children being exposed to and being exploited and featured in such content.
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                            Lovely
                            Aug 4, 2015 at 9:52 pm
                            At last ! Good
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                              Lovely
                              Aug 4, 2015 at 9:58 pm
                              SC has already given judgement on this.
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                                Lovely
                                Aug 4, 2015 at 9:54 pm
                                The decision is belated, why your heart is bleeding.?
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                                  Lovely
                                  Aug 4, 2015 at 9:51 pm
                                  These sites are making modern youth predators.
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                                    Lovely
                                    Aug 4, 2015 at 9:49 pm
                                    We support govt decsion.
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                                      Lovely
                                      Aug 4, 2015 at 9:53 pm
                                      What is there shamelessness or spinelessness in this? Be clear what you want to say.
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                                        Lovely
                                        Aug 4, 2015 at 9:46 pm
                                        you are not moderator?
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                                          JM
                                          Aug 4, 2015 at 6:51 pm
                                          No its not a taliban govt. It's a Modiban govt.
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                                            JM
                                            Aug 4, 2015 at 6:50 pm
                                            No, its not a taliban govt. It's a moduban govt.
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