How the Porn ban affected us.

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Last week India’s Telecom Ministry ordered ISPs to block around 850 websites in India. According to them these websites had pornographic content. Although there is no precise definition or standard for deciding whether a content in pornographic in nature or not, the govt. silently imposed the ban. Millions of users were surpised and disgusted when they sat half naked in front of their PCs only to find a blank page of their favourite porn site.

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Banning porn! Seriously? If even one Engineering college’s hostel gets motivated enough, then with the amount of porn availabe in our hard drives, we can open a new porn site everyday! Yes, we are smart enough to keep backup.

The ban was a result of a petition filed in India’s Supreme Court by a lawyer seeking a complete ban on porn sites because, according to him, it was socially destructive and promoted violence against women.

WOW!

Keeping aside the fact that a govt. can never stop people from watching porn, this ban also seems like a way to escape the real problem in our country. A porn ban would have been a huge step, and it seems that the govt. is trying to take a vague and stupid step and try to evade the real problem by stating this ban as their solution to crimes against women.

Here are some of the changes that came with the porn ban:
Generally, unlike men, women refrain from speaking on pornography or their experiences with pornography. After this ban was imposed women and men both started discussing freely on this topic.

Porn was(maybe still is) considered to be a taboo in India. After this ban not only did the media and newspapers cover everything relevant to the ban, people started discussing on the topic freely. People could now speak out or publish their views about pornography without any hesitation as it had become just like any other debatable topic.

Offline distribution of porn increased. There was a time when people used to buy CDs containing porn movies in discretion. Since pornographic content is readily available on the internet for free, people did not need to go to a public place and buy porn anymore. After this ban porn DVDs sales increased. DVDs were selling at rates as high as 300rs per DVD!

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Anyways, the ban has now been removed, and this was a stupid and alarming move taken by the govt. and we need to ponder over the fact as to upto what extent can we allow the govt. to intrude in our lives. Afterall, India is still a democratic country.


Note: All images has been acquired from Google images.

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