Porn case – Government can’t be present in every bedroom

The government on Monday told the Supreme Court that it cannot be a totalitarian state monitoring what people do in the privacy of their bedrooms. “We cannot be present in everyone’s bedroom,” Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told a bench of the apex court which is hearing a petition on . 

“The government does not intend to become the moral police of the people,” the Centre’s counsel is reported to have told the apex court bench headed by Chief Justice of India HL Dattu. Rohatgi said a larger debate is required in Parliament or the society on.

Last week, the Centre blocked 857 websites with pornographic content on grounds of morality and decency. After an outrage on social media and on the streets, it later lifted the ban partially, reserving the strictures only for sites allegedly promoting child porn.

Meanwhile, the , which were asked by the government not to block any of the 857 websites suspected for pornographic content unless they were abusive of children, told the Supreme Court that the directions were “vague and unimplementable”. Sunny Leone‘s take on the porn ban, just in case.

The Internet Service Providers Association of Inda (ISPAI) has urged the government to withdraw its directive on banning porn sites and the subsequent amendment that the ISPs are “free not to disable any of the 857 URLs.”

The government had earlier said the ban was a temporary measure till final orders were given by the Supreme Court — which, in its observation on on July 8, had said banning such sites will violate an individual’s right to liberty.

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