Indian author Bhagat opposes porn ban



Indian author Bhagat opposes porn ban

India has ordered hundreds of porn sites blocked citing “objectionable'' content, a government official said. 
The ban touched off a dispute about freedom of speech in the world's biggest democracy.

The telecommunications ministry has directed internet service providers to block 857 websites.

“We have written to the ISPs asking them to control free and open access to objectionable websites,'' N.N. Kaul, a spokesman at the telecommunications department, told AFP.
According to the adult site Pornhub, India was its fourth largest source of traffic behind the United States, Britain and Canada.

Kaul said the order was issued after India's top court voiced concern last month about the government's failure to block child porn sites in India.

“There is currently no system to filter specific websites. We are looking into evolving a system,'' Kaul said, adding that until then all sites would be blocked.

The Supreme Court declined to impose a ban on porn sites last month while hearing a legal petition against them, saying adults had the right to access such websites in private.

Prominent authors, commentators and politicians took to social media to voice their opposition. 

“Don't ban porn. Ban men ogling, leering, brushing past, groping, molesting, abusing, humiliating and raping women. Ban non-consent. Not sex,'' popular author Chetan Bhagat posted on Twitter.—AFP
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