06 May, 2021

Kill It Before It’s Porn...

How practical or necessary is the CJI’s idea to prohibit all pornography on the internet?

Kill It Before It’s Porn...
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Is it possible for the government to block and monitor pornography on the internet? The question began to be debated hotly in legal circles and among cyber experts ever since the Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan, at a conference of the National Consultation on Enforcement of Cyber Law in New Delhi on January 31, said that there was an urgent need to ban/block websites that contain pornography. He also emphasised the need to tighten cyber-law enforcement.

However, given the mind-boggling number of porn sites in cyberspace, any government action, say experts, seems impossible. Search engines and other websites in the country are required to filter pornographic content by law, but the opportunity for circumvention is so immense and government interest in prosecution so low that the country is better off without cyber laws, say analysts. “It is impractical to monitor pornography on the net,” says cyber-law expert Abani Sahu, who was also part of the consultation process while the IT law was enacted. “Rather than try...

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