How One Man Implemented The Porn Ban On Indians

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6:40 pm 5 Aug, 2015

The government has blocked all of your favourite porn websites. You were not warned, you say. But you are wrong! The process had begun some two years ago when a really pissed off lawyer in the central lands of Madhya Pradesh decided to become the saviour of the unwashed masses.

1. It began with an MP lawyer, Kamlesh Vaswani, who filed a PIL in the Supreme Court in 2013 seeking to ban porn websites in India. His contention: internet pornography results in sex crimes.

 

2. On April 16, 2013, the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir seeks a response from the government on the plea.

Notices are issued to ministries of Information and Technology, Information and Broadcasting and Home Affairs and Internet Service Providers Association of India.

 

3. That same year, the government blocks 39 websites, some of which contain non-pornographic content.

 

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4. In January 2014, the Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) tells the apex court that they cannot ban porn sites unless there is a court or a government order.

 

5. In August 2014, the government admits that since there were over 40 million such sites and counting, it would be very difficult to block them.

 

6. That very month the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice R.M. Lodha, agrees with the PIL and demands strict laws to curb online content.

 

7. The Supreme Court calls for a coordinated effort between the Department of Telecommunication, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, and the Home Ministry to deal with the matter.

 

8. But early in July this year, the Supreme Court declines a plea seeking an interim order to block porn websites in India.

Chief Justice H.L. Dattu observed that such a move would constitute the breach of Article 21 of the Indian Constitution which guarantees the right to personal liberty.

 

9. Sometime after that, Vaswani hands a list of 857 websites to Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, who is also a member of BJP’s national executive.

 

10. On Monday, August 3, 2015, the government begins blocking those 857 websites without issuing any official explanation or notice.

 

11. On August 5, hit by criticism of international proportions, the government says that only sites displaying child pornography will be blocked.

 

Now let us have read the profound views of this ‘saviour’ of our society:

Kamlesh Vaswani believes that the ban will help protect the country’s women and children from potential rapists.

According to his logic, men become sexual predators after watching porn.

 

He throws out of the window any research or report that says women, too, enjoy porn.

“I do not think these reports and data are authentic.”

 

But his greatest logic behind banning porn is this:

 “It is worse than Hitler, worse than AIDS, cancer or any other epidemic. It is more catastrophic than nuclear holocaust, and it must be stopped.”

How he must be feeling now?

 

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