SC hears plea on blocking porn sites, refuses to pass interim order

0
52

SC1

Declining to pass an interim order to block porn websites, the Supreme Court (SC) on 8 July, said, it can’t stop an adult from watching porn within the privacy of his room.

“Such interim orders cannot be passed by this court. Somebody may come here and say, look I am above 18 and how can you stop me from watching porn in my room. It’s a violation of Article 21 (right to personal liberty),” Chief Justice of India HL Dattu observed.

The Chief Justice was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Kamlesh Vashwani in this regard. Since the government was yet to file a response, the court should step in and pass an interim order to take these sites off the Internet, felt Vashwani.

Though denying immediate relief, the Chief Justice’s bench, however, accepted the seriousness of the issue.

“The issue is serious and some steps must be taken. The Centre is expected to take a stand…let us see what stand it will take,” said the Chief Justice, directing the government to reply in four weeks.

In an earlier hearing on the PIL in August 2014, the SC had termed Internet porn “hydra-headed,” while the Centre had recognised that websites were getting too unmanageable for comfort.

There are as many as four crore porn websites operating in the country, said the petitioner.

The government said it was working on an internet security policy and has taken the matter seriously with Cyber Regulations Advisory Committee. Showing its helplessness in implementing a law shut down the websites, the government submitted that these sites were well-masked and based on high-end technology that was difficult to catch up with.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Comment moderation is enabled. Your comment may take some time to appear.