Just like its Mega Cleanliness drive, this movement has also been adopted by the central government.
Dera Sacha Sauda’s Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan has always taught followers to stay away from the pornography and the obscenity in any form. Even the 47 rules of humanitarianism of Dera Sacha Sacha, say that one must never see pornography in print, online or on TV.
Hundreds of thousands of followers of Dera Sacha Sauda took the oath on Maharaj Mastanaji’s (First Master of Dera Sacha Sauda) birthday in November, that they would never watch pornography on Internet, TV or in print magazines or newspapers.
Similarly the Narendra Modi led government has taken up the onus of cleansing the porn content available online in India. The Modi government is set to make a list of porn websites and ask Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block them.
Just like ‘Swachh Bharat’ movement it is not an easy task for the Modi government but the efforts have started in the right direction.
In order to prevent slowing down of Internet due to large scale blocking, the ISPs will be asked to upgrade their systems. The government has asked the Internet and Mobile Association of India to create the list.
Telecom & IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Although porn is legal in other countries, it needs to be viewed in the context of Indian culture and moral obligation towards society.”
The BJP has fully supported this move. “Pornography is against the cultural values of the country and a solution needs to be chalked out to block such content,” Arvind Gupta, head of BJP’s IT cell, told a business magazine.
The Supreme Court, too, is hearing an appeal filed by lawyer Kamlesh Vasvani, requesting the court to ban porn as it leads to “activities like rape, harassment, molestations of women.” When the last hearing was held on August 29, the government had said that filtering porn is not practical.
“The problem is that you are veering down a slippery ground if you try to do this, installing filters and all,” said Prasanth Sugathan, counsel for the Software Freedom Law Centre. Talking about China, where the ban is strictly imposed, he said that it could be done in China because it has people dedicated to monitor online content.
However, this is going to be a stupendous task for the government. According to as estimate by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, there are more than 40 million porn websites in the world and most of them are based outside India. Moreover, there are many ways including the use of proxies to get around to blocked websites.