Govt should withdraw vague order on porn sites, say Internet Service Providers

Even as the Indian government now says Internet Service Providers are free to unblock the list of 857 ‘porn’ sites it gave to them unless they include child pornography, the industry body of ISPs on Wednesday said the directive is ‘vague and unimplementable’ and must be withdrawn. ISPs say the government should withdraw its earlier order … Read more

Government agrees to partially lift porn ban, only child porn websites will be blocked

Following widespread criticism and outrage on social networking websites over the Department of Telecom’s order blocking 857 ‘porn’ sites, it appears that the government is now stepping back and partially lifting the ban. IT and Telecom Minister Ravishankar Prasad has told a TV channel that the ban will be eligible only for child pornography websites. … Read more

‘Vote better next time’: Adult site Xvideos comes up with perfect reply to India’s #Pornban

On Saturday, many Indians were made aware of the fact that they could no longer watch porn in the country. Not in their homes either. As many as 857 porn sites had been ordered to be blocked by the Communications Ministry, it later emerged. Twitter users vented out in huge numbers under the hashtag ‘#pornban’. However, … Read more

Porn ban update: Several websites blocked already in India, at least 800 under scanner

On Saturday, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in India had been asked to block more than 857 pornographic websites by the Communications Ministry, which said the sites “were found to be spreading anti-social activities”. While several have been banned already, more such websites are projected to be blocked in the near future. Meanwhile, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has … Read more

An adult can watch porn within four walls of his house, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Thursday raised an important question during the hearing of a petition on blocking websites circulating child pornography that whether watching porn in private within four walls of one’s house was an offence. Petitioner Kamlesh Vaswani had provided a list of more than 800 websites circulating child pornography to the home ministry, asking … Read more