Is Porn Ban Successful? Read to Know

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It has become trickier for Indians to keep watching porn since the Uttarakhand High Court banned over 800 pornographic websites. Many internet users in the country are now blocked from accessing their mirror sites, or copies of the original website also. Pornhub, the world’s biggest porn website, had set up pornhub.net, a mirror website so that Indians could watch its videos even after the ban. But around three-four months ago, many internet users were unable to access mirror sites as well.

But ISPs in India are not legally required to ban the mirror sites. They may not even be bound to block the original 800 websites because the high court order was of an interim nature and lapsed after the petition for the ban was dismissed.

The current ban may be a preventive step by the ISPs to save their licenses. Let’s come to the rationale behind the ban by the court. It was asserted that the ban on porn sites is important to lessen sexual offences against women. But has the purpose been achieved? There are still a number of sexual offences being committed here that we see such a news headline almost daily.

There is a need for some other effective measure to reduce the rate of sexual offences. Banning porn may have served a purpose for some. But, on a much bigger scale, this ban alone won’t work. Some other steps must be taken to deter sex offenders.

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