Uttarakhand HC takes action where SC faltered

Uttarakhand High Court on 27th September 2018 passed the order of making mandatory blocking of all pornographic sites. The court in its order refered to notification issued by the Center in 2015 in this regard. A Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Rajiv Sharma observed:

Though the directions were issued to all the Internet Service License Holders, but till date, all the Intermediaries have not followed the same in letter and spirit. The sites are readily available to the children to view obscene and indecent acts, including pornography. It was expected from all the Internet Service License Holders that they would block these sites to protect the children of impressionable age. The psyche of the children of impressionable age is also affected, which, at times, results in commission of crimes. The entire society, including parents, teachers, and school management is responsible to safeguard the interest of the children.
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Government forced to accept Child Porn blocking. Still miles to go for blocking Adult Porn..

Government finally submitted their reply to the Feb’16 and Apr’16 order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the Dec’16 hearing. Government played little bit smart and submitted the affidavit just two days before the hearing and due of this it could not be included in the proceedings and and new hearing date was given. However, Petitioner Lawyer Mr. Panjwani argued that he has no objection to the affidavit and only wanted the Government to commit to couple of things that they have mentioned in their Affidavit. Continue reading

Porn freedom in India versus US: Is comparison justified? – Part II

Editor’s Note: Received this article over email, author ‘anonymous’.

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In India, the situation is the opposite. The origin of Indian porn can be traced back to illegal and criminal activities. First, there were adult movies that depicted nudity with permission but showed more than simple nudity without permission. Second, after the advent of Online Pornography the growth of Indian porn was triggered by criminal activity in the form of MMS Scandals. Continue reading

Porn cannot be protected under freedom of speech: SC

February hearing saw the government trying to argue that banning anything beyond Child pornography involves issues of right to privacy and other rights (Articles 19 and 21 of the Constitution).

Justice Mishra in response to that stated that ‘what is the privacy argument? I do not understand what is the privacy issue?’ no one wants to be seen doing this and that if there is any issue the Court can interpret it and deal with it during the arguments.’ Continue reading

Porn freedom in India versus US: Is comparison justified? – Part I

Editor’s Note: Received this article over email, author ‘anonymous’.

Porn in different societies has different meanings. It has different effects on different individuals as well. In the recent case of banning pornography in India the opposition to such a ban was made on the basis of a comparison between the two democratic societies of the USA and India. People who supported the withdrawal of the ban petition cited some common conventions practiced in the USA which makes banning or regulation of pornography an unrealizable adventure. This article will address the problems associated with such broad and sweeping comparisons between our democracy and the USA’s. Continue reading

इस मज़े कि बड़ी सजा है

From Facebook article of Shri. Pawanji

इस “मजे, की बड़ी “सजा, है….!
रोहिणी अपने पापा की प्यारी सी बेटी थी।2004 में ग्यारहवीं के दौरान पापा ने कम्प्यूटर दिलवाया था।उसमे नेट भी था।एक दिन पापा का कम्प्यूटर नही चल रहा था सोचा रोहिणी वाले कम्प्यूटर में काम कर लूं,…. खोला……………………..
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Scientific Study on Effect of Porn on the Brain

In an study published in JAMA Psychiatry in 2014, researchers have shown that it is possible that watching porn can literally shrink your brain. According to the report’s authors Dr. Simone Kühn and Dr. Jürgen Gallinat: “We found a significant negative association between reported pornography hours per week and gray matter volume in the right caudate (P < .001, corrected for multiple comparisons) as well as with functional activity during a sexual cue–reactivity paradigm in the left putamen (P < .001). Functional connectivity of the right caudate to the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex was negatively associated with hours of pornography consumption.”

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Government makes first move on blocking Porn

Last week was a pretty hectic for all of us. First came the news that government has taken the first step towards blocking pornography. A list of 857 website that was submitted by the petitioner in November, 2014 was used by the Government to instruct all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to ban pornographic websites. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Making Delhi WiFi PPF Free

AAP government manifesto in the 2014 Delhi Elections talked about covering Delhi with Free WiFi Services. As more details emerged later it became clear that free in this case meant public websites and websites that deal with governance will be free to access and WiFi will be available in public places only like Markets, Streets etc. Our efforts to make Delhi WiFi Project of the AAP government Porn, Proxy and economic Fraud (PPF) free started as soon as we saw the notification from the Delhi Government inviting public opinion. Continue reading