Will Banning Porn Sites Help Curb Sexual Violence In India?

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Following directives issued by the centre, Internet service providers are soon to block hundreds of porn sites operating in India.

The directives came when the Uttarakhand High Court was hearing a case of gang rape with a minor girl in a boarding school in Dehradun and pointed out that many news reports in reference to the case has reported that ‘the accused boys watched pornographic movies before sexually assaulting the minor girl.’

The notification was issued to the Internet Service License Holders by centre in 2015, however, many sites similar to hdtubemovies with pornographic content were still accessible.

The Department of Telecom said in an order issued to internet service providers that,”… all the internet service licensees are instructed to take immediate necessary action for blocking of 827 websites as per the direction from Meity and for the compliance of the Hon’ble High Court order,” read reports.

Among the many people Pune365 spoke to, some opined that internet sites that host pornographic content, such as tubev, are a possible reason for the rise in sexual offences, while others believe that access to adult websites in India should be regulated but not banned.

“I do not believe that only adult content sites are the reason why rape and molestation are happening in our country,” Shantanu Ghosh, a hotelier.

“There are several erotic books, movies and even scriptures that are on the same lines of pornographic sites and banning access to everything is not a practical solution.

However, controlling the access and sharing of such content can be made stricter. Everything should be done at a particular age. Age brings with it maturity to know what is right and what is not.

If this content is made easily available to teens and youngsters who have nothing to do in life to keep them busy, the possibilities are that they may not be responsible enough” adds Ghosh. Websites such as m porn do receive a huge amount of traffic and attention, but there is no evidence as of yet to suggest that these sites are having a negative effect on its users.

Shraddha Ranpara, a professor feels that this step might save many women of the horror of rape, molestation, eve-teasing and the mental torture that follows.

“When we know that just to vent out their physical longing and pleasure, people resort to attacking females, animals, non-living things among others, then why give them license to kill?

If this can stop, then why not? I believe that it is high time that these rules are implemented as early as possible and the ban is a logical decision,” Shraddha adds.

“They should have banned it in their state where the incident happened, why should the entire country suffer,” remarks a city-based cyclist and hiking expert.

“Moreover, it is not just men who visit these sites and gather information, women also access them. Why is it that only men are blamed for watching porn?

People who cannot enjoy these worldly pleasures tend to find refuge in these sites. How much ever people might support on the banning, there are still some for whom this is unfair.

Personally, I hope the ones that I access aren’t on the list thought,” he quips.

For this engineering student, banning sites doesn’t bother him. “A lot of buffer stock is already in place, hence, I am not worried with this ban!

Many people might have also stocked upon their material, and that will be passed on to their near and dear ones. How are people going to stop that?

People will get what they want, even if you block one source or ban it completely,” he adds.

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#All views are those of the respondent’s and Pune365 does not necessarily subscribe to them. Some names changed on request.

Loveleen Kaur

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