Indian Supreme court has been analysing two PILs dealing with cyber crimes investigation and blocking of pornographic websites respectively. After about two months of filing of the PIL to block pornographic contents in India, the Supreme Court has issued a direction to Indian government to block the websites related to pornographic contents.
Reacting to the directions of the Supreme Court, Indian government has ordered internet service providers (ISPs) in India to block 39 internet sites that host and allow their users to share obscene content. The blocking has been done at the URLs level.
In April, a bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir issued notices to ministries of Information and Technology, Information and Broadcasting and Home Affairs, and Internet Service Providers Association of India on a petition seeking to bring an anti-pornography law.
This is a temporary solutions and India need to develop long term and more effective methods to deal with pornographic contents and websites. This include a pro active governmental machinery and adequate anti pornography laws in India.
Websites blocking in India is purely a judicial mechanism where courts are approached to get the websites blocked. Although executive and its agencies have power to block websites in India yet they seldom exercise this power. This unnecessarily burdens the Indian judiciary that is already overburdened.