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Why 16 year old Akash Narwala wants the Supreme Court to ban online pornography

Akash Narwala, a 16 year old boy from Kota, wants online pornography banned. He has submitted an affidavit in an ongoing online pornography case in the Supreme Court, for joining the case. This is the same case, still unresolved, which led to the government of India directing ISPs to block over 800 porn sites in 2015 -- colloquially referred to as #PornBan -- which was subsequently removed after public criticism. The Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohatgi, had then blamed the Department of Telecom for blocking sites without verification, and said "We will obey court orders, but we don’t want to become a moral police.” With the case due for hearing again in July, Narwala has added his voice to that of lawyer Kamlesh Vasvani, asking for a ban on porn in India. We spoke with Narwala, asking him about his motivations in adding his voice to the case: MediaNama: When did your activism against pornography start? How old were you then? Narwala: I started activity on this when I was 11 years old. I started the Ashleel Mukt Bharat Sangathan (Pornography-Free Movement India) in Kota. It was on TV. I was very young then, and people did support me, but I couldn’t do what I had planned out in three months’ time -- I was really young and had to read out speeches. I continued working on it. After that, I was also in the Dushkar Mukt Bharat Sangathan, the Rape-Free India Movement. We hunger-striked for two-three days, for example, when a rapist…

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