What about 9 year old Kids watching Porn? Lawyer asks Supreme Court

This week was the 12th hearing of the case in Supreme Court. Lawyer Mr. Vijay Panjwani updated the court that the Government has still not taken any steps to block the 850 websites, list of which has been provided to them since October 2014. The court taking serious note of this instructed ASJ Pinki Anand to file the Government response within 4 weeks time. Mr. Panjwani argued that while the MHA failed to file an affidavit despite repeated directions, crime against women and children which is “majorly influenced” by such porn videos is on the rise.

Panjwani argued websites producing this content and the ISPs transmitting this information were punishable under section 292 of the Indian Penal Code (punishment for showing obscene materials), Section 67A of the IT Act (transmission of obscene material) and section 13 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (use of children for pornographic purposes). Citing this petitioner Kamlesh Vaswani asked for an Interim order to be passed to block all Pornographic sites.

Chief Justice HL Dattu said while hearing Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that “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].” To this Lawyer Panjwani responded by asking the question about 9 year old kids watching porn these days to which they have 24 hrs ‘unrestricted’ access.

Overall successful hearing that led to some important observations from the court in the direction of blocking Porn on the Internet and the case moving forward. Thanks to the our friend in the press and the media for providing good coverage to the case.

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