Indian Government Blocks Hundreds of Porn Sites

The Indian government asked Internet Service Providers to block access to more than 850 pornographic websites over the weekend. The move is unsurprising given that pornography is illegal in the country of 1 billion people. According to Ram Sewak Sharma, a government administrator speaking to the Washington Post:

We have blocked 857 sites. Under the Indian law, we are duty-bound to examine and block Web sites that transmit content that violate morality and decency.

Local pornography is punished with significant jail time, but what the government is blocking is not produced or governed by Indian law. Presumably, if Indian locals were found dealing in the same content, they would then be liable under the Indian “morality and decency” laws. Despite these laws, India is one of the ten worst places to be a woman who doesn’t want to get raped.

Other countries have outlawed pornography, specifically countries in the nearby middle east. These bans are perhaps not as notable because they do not affect many people. Any Internet law in India takes effect on 1 billion people from the beginning. If such laws are allowed under International Law, what hope do those in free countries have of protecting their rights? Such policies must be questioned not because they outlaw pornography, but because they obtusely restrict freedom without just cause.

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