In a recent development, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has announced that the government is lifting ban from porn websites except those serving child porn.
“A new notification will be issued shortly. The ban will be partially withdrawn. Sites that do not promote child porn will be unbanned,” he said.
The government of India had asked internet service providers (ISPs) to block 857 porn websites. The worst part of this ban was the fact that entertainment sites like 9GAG and College Humor were also banned, however according to the latest update the ban on non-pornographic sites has been revoked.
Govt reviews order blocking 857 websites; lifts ban from websites which do not contain pornographic material.
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) August 4, 2015
This ban was in response to a public interest litigation in the Supreme Court filed in 2013 seeking a complete ban on all porn websites filed by advocate Kamlesh Vaswani in 2013. In his petition, Vaswani wrote, “Pornography creates stereotypes representation of women (sic) and becomes the basis behind unequal treatment of women in society.”