‘Steps taken to block pornographic sites’

Published: 24th March 2013 10:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th March 2013 10:31 AM   |  A+A-

The State government on Saturday submitted before the Kerala High Court that the spike in the number of crimes, including rape, is related to the increasing availability of cyber pornography.

The state government made the submission on a petition filed by Manoranjan seeking a directive to the state to take necessary steps to identify pornographic websites. The state government representative also said that steps have been taken to block pornographic web sites identified by police. State attorney P Vijayaraghavan submitted that the State Police Chief had identified 652 porn sites. Government had taken steps to request the Computer Emergency Response Team-India(CERT-In) to block these sexually explicit sites.

CERT-In is the nodal agency for issuing directives to the Department of Telecommunication for blocking websites, after verifying the authenticity of such complaints. The government submitted that watching porn regularly could provoke sexual offences.

The government added that there are 4.2 million pornographic websites and 420 million pornographic pages. Every second 28,256 Internet users watch pornography.

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