Has the Indian government banned porn websites?

By | August 2, 2015

It looks like Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Govt. of India has starting cracking down on pornographic websites. Most of the leading ISP’s have now blocked porn websites from their network. Number of internet users have been posting about it on Reddit and Twitter.

Users of ISPs such as state owned BSNL and MTNL and private ISPs ACT, Spectranet, Tikona, Asianet, Hathway and many more are unable to surf pornographic websites. In fact mobile operator Tata Indicom (in Delhi), as well as Vodafone have reportedly blocked porn websites.Porn websites blocked in India

My Tech Update has independently confirmed from number of users who are either greeted with a blank page or a message which reads “This site has been blocked as per the instruction of the competent authority” when visiting popular porn websites.

However, some Airtel users claim that porn websites are easily accessible from their Airtel broadband connection. One of the Spectranet broadband user wrote on Reddit “11 out of these top 13 porn sites showing blank pages here on Spectranet in Delhi,”. The same Reddit thread contained conflicting claims from MTNL users. For some MTNL subscribers websites were working just normal as before, however, some were unable to access them anymore.

There have been many instances of people demanding ban on porn websites, and recently a plea to pass an interim order to block such sites was rejected by Supreme court .

“Such interim orders cannot be passed by this court. Somebody may come to the court and say look I am above 18 and how can you stop me from watching it within the four walls of my room. It is a violation of Article 21 [right to personal liberty],” Chief Justice H.L. Dattu reportedly said last month.

But blocking of such websites by ISPs may not prove to be effective, as users can use various proxy servers available freely on internet to bypass the ban on such websites. What do you think about this ban? Is your ISP also blocking any such website. Please comment below to let us know and share with others.

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