Indian Govt lifts ban on porn sites, orders ISPs to ban child pornography instead

Within days of banning 857 porn sites, the Modi led Indian Government reversed the order on August 4, 2015, where it directed ISPs only to ban websites containing child porn material.

On July 30, the government has issued a ban on some odd 857 porn websites, which annoyed many people as they thought the state has not right to decide and manage private lives of people.

The government now has asked the ISPs to find and identify websites that have child porn and block them.

On the other side, the ISPs say they don’t have the wherewithal to find and recognize child porn websites. And it is unfair to hold them responsible when some websites having child porn secretively is left out.

There has been a strong protest against the porn banning, with tags like #pornban trending on social networking websites. Many users have slammed the government for moral policing.

Social celebrities like Sonam Kapoor and writer Chetan Bhagat have also voiced their anger against the ban.

Feeling the heat, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad called a meeting on August 4 and discussed the banning of websites.

While many users and people have welcomed the government’s decision, the Internet Service Providers Association of India are strictly against it.

The association’s president Rajesh Chharia was quoted by Times of India in a report, “How can the govt put the responsibility for us to see whether a website carries child pornography or not? Why should an Internet service provider be punished if a website suddenly transmits child pornography?”

It’s only fair on the part of the Modi led the government to take the bold step and retract keeping public views in consideration.

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