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Difficult to block international porn sites, Centre tells Supreme Court

Difficult to block international porn sites, Centre tells Supreme Court
New Delhi The central government today told the Supreme Court that it is difficult to block international porn websites in the country.

Its plea for holding wider consultations came after the Supreme Court pulled up the government for taking such a long time in dealing with a "serious" issue.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on blocking adult sites, citing rising cases of crimes against children in the country.

The government, which was supposed to file an affidavit on the issue today, sought more time from the court, saying it needed to consult with different ministries on the matter.

To this court, the court remarked, "It is a serious issue and government must act. How long does it take to call the meeting of concerned people?"

It has now given the Centre four weeks to come up with a solution on the issue.

The petition filed through advocate Vijay Panjwani had said that absence of Internet laws encourage people to watch porn videos and as it is not an offence, over 20 crore porn videos or clippings are freely available in the market, which are directly been downloaded through Internet or other video CDs.

Story First Published: July 12, 2013 15:25 IST

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