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The Supreme Court Women’s Lawyers Association has filed for an intervention in the Kamlesh Vaswani vs Union of India case which seeks to impose a ban on all pornographic sites in India, reports LiveLaw. The association’s application also seeks to implement laws which will prohibit the distribution of porn and blocking of all porn sites. The application also seeks authorities to take strict measures on distibution which includes file sharing software.

The petition filed by the association’s secretary Prerna Kumari and settled by senior lawyer Mahalakshmi Pavani says that the “root cause” of most offences against women is the easy availability of porn. It’s interesting to note that the association’s research material on the legality of pornography comes “from reliable internet source that is from Wikipedia” and a TOI report.

“The issue of pornography and the pornographic content has serious implications on human mind and behavior. Studies have shown that pornography leads to sexual crimes, violent sexual behavior, aggression, frustration and depravity of mind,” the petition read.

It has hence demanded that a National Policy on Pornography and guidelines be formulated in order to curb the issue of child pornography.

Last month, the government of India withdrew its ban on 857 pornographic websites (some in the list were not porn sites) and said that it did not want to impose moral policing. Mukul Rohatgi, the Attorney General, said in court that a “long list” given by the petitioner, Kamlesh Vasvani, had been given, and “the department went and blocked without verifying.” The court adjourned, and a date hasn’t been finalized yet, although the AG asked for a date in October.

The issues with blocking Internet porn

As we have said time and again, such a blanket clamp down on pornography will not lead fewer sexual crimes. The linking of pornography to rape is an easy way out. Sexual crimes are more about power and depravity. There are also a lot of sites where people put up naked and semi naked pictures of themselves or other people (some with consent, some without) and with the proliferation of smartphones, it becomes increasingly difficult to block pornographic content and sexts.

You can read the full petition here:

Porn Ban Petition – Supreme Court