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The Tricky Thing About Fighting Blocking Of Porn In India

Arguing against the blocking of pornography in India is a very tricky thing, especially when it is linked to rape: there's a public interest litigation in the Kerala High Court, filed after the brutal rape in Delhi last December, a recent one in the Supreme Court, and also that a recent, brutal and horrifying rape of a five year old. There is also the fact to consider that with the proliferation of mobile phones, the ability for someone to use a clip created - at times knowingly - for private use between two consenting adults, can easily be used to harass, or even destroy someone's life and/or reputation. If you say that you're against the blocking of access to Internet porn in India, you're likely to be deemed a pervert or a defender of perversion. There are those who view it as a form of freedom of expression: for example, the (mostly lost) battle against the blocking and censorship of Savita Bhabhi, an adult comic series which was blocked in India, is about to be released as a movie, and the entire premise behind the movie version of Savita Bhabhi is against censorship of Freedom of Speech. Given the history of censorship around the movie, Deshmukh, the creator of the adult comic plans to stream the movie in India. However, there are a few things to keep in mind regarding the blocking of porn in India: 1. The cases that have been filed apparently don't need to be filed: the IT…

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