Uttarakhand High Court detects porn link to gang-rape, wants porn websites banned

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Three year ago, the Centre’s Narendra Modi government was forced to partially lift its ban on porn websites following a widespread protests. In August 2015, an order by the Department of Telecom had announced the blocking 857 porn sites. However, following public outcry, the government had said that the ban will be eligible only for child pornography websites.

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Three years on, the Uttarakhand High Court had asked the Centre to ensure the strict implementation of the ban on porn sites. This was after the court took cognisance of reports that a girl was gangraped in a Dehradun school by her fellow students after they watched porn clips.

On Thursday, a division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Manoj Tiwari said that unlimited access to these pornographic sites ‘is required to be blocked/curbed to avoid an adverse influence on the impressionable minds of children.’

On 18 September, Janta Ka Reporter had reported how a class 10 student was gang-raped in a Dehradun boarding school and made pregnant by her seniors. According to some media reports, the accused boys had later told the police during investigation that they had watched porn on the Internet before allegedly raping the girl.

The Uttarakhand High Court directed Internet Service Providers to strictly obey a notification issued by the Centre three years ago for a ban on porn sites. A report by news agency PTI said that the High Court also asked them to block publication or transmission of obscene material in any electronic form, transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act or conduct and also publishing or transmitting material depicting children in sexually explicit act or conduct forthwith.

The court further warned that internet service license holders violating this direction will lose their licence as per Section 25 of the Information Technology Act 2000.

“The Ministry of Communication and IT, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India has issued a Notification on 31.07.2015 which was circulated to all the Internet Service License Holders, as per the list contained therein. The Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DELTy) has requested Department of Telecommunications to notify intermediary for disablement of the URLs under the provision of Information Technology Act, 2000, as the contents posted on these websites infringe morality, decency,” PTI quoted the court order.

 

 

 

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