The Internet Service Providers on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it is impossible for them to block pornographic sites until the court orders it, and till then they cannot be made liable for the objectionable content on sites.
Submitting its reply to a PIL requesting the court to block websites with pornographic content in the country, the ISPs association submitted that there is a need to define the term. “It is neither legally, technically nor practically possible for ISPs to block pornographic sites unless a direction is received from a court in accordance with the law or from DoT,” it said, adding, “It is impossible for them to carry out pro-active monitoring of the content in absence of any mandate by the DoT.”
“There is no unanimously accepted definition of pornography and the boundaries are amorphous. Would medical or AIDS awareness websites be pornography? Would photographs of Khajuraho be termed so? One man’s pornography is another man’s high art,” the association said.
The court was hearing a plea filed by Indore-based advocate Kamlesh Vaswani who pleaded that although watching obscene videos was not an offence, pornographic sites should be banned as they are one of the major causes behind crimes against women.