Nepal is banning pornography, because access to porn has disrupted social harmony and values, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority said. The notice to ban porn was posted by the regulator last month. The list of websites isn’t public, and doesn’t seem to have leaked. The ban comes after a public outcry over the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta, a thirteen year old girl, in Sudurpashchim Pradesh, one Nepal’s seven provinces.

This is Nepal’s second stab at a porn ban, after an order in 2010 that included an order to block the Huffington Post. That ban seems to have been silently reversed.

It seems that even the Urban Dictionary seems to have been caught in the current ban’s crosshairs. Reddit user harbinger2051 said that even College Humor had been blocked (which happened in India too in 2015).

“The government’s protectionist approach and savior complex, reflected in the porn ban is misguided,” activist Shubha Kayastha wrote. “It is […] worth examining what “obscenity” is. The word has been used repeatedly in the 2018 Civil Code [of Nepal], despite never having been defined.” (Sounds familiar.)

Meanwhile in India…

Earlier this month, in India, the Uttarakhand High Court also ordered the reinstatement of the 2015 ban on over 800 porn websites. The government has indicated that it will point out some errors in the judgement and seek directions after that. That court order also cited two gruesome rape incidents where children were the victims.