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Porn sites ‘hydra-headed’: Supreme Court

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Concerned over the increasing number of pornographic websites, the Supreme Court on Friday said these sites were “hydra-headed,” and that “if you block one, 10 others will pop up in other countries.”

The court was hearing the Centre’s take on a PIL filed by advocate Kamlesh Vashwani seeking to block porn websites in India.

The Centre told the Court that internet porn was getting too unwieldy to handle and fatally affecting ordinary households.

“A complaint was filed recently with us about a girl in Bangalore being harassed on the Net. We got Google to delete the website. But the next day it was uploaded on 10 other sites. The father committed suicide two days ago,” Additional Solicitor General L. Nageswara Rao recounted to a three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha on Friday in open court.

Justice Rohinton Nariman termed porn websites “hydra-headed,” saying “if you block one, 10 others will pop up.”

Mr. Rao said the government was working to introduce an Internet security policy and has taken the matter seriously with the Cyber Regulations Advisory Committee.

 

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