SC asks Centre to 'find ways to block child pornography'


New Delhi: Responding to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by an Indore-based lawyer Kamlesh Vaswani, the Supreme Court on Friday directed the central government to find ways to block child pornographic websites.

“The nation couldn't afford to carry out any experiment in the name of liberty or freedom of speech,” a bench headed by Justice Deepak Misra said.

The bench also asked the additional solicitor general Pinky Anand to spell out government's stand on banning people from watching porn in public.

“You have to draw a line what can be viewed in public and what can be viewed in private,” the bench said.

While referring to the picture of Monalisa, the bench said that porn was a 'very difficult topic'. “Some people will find the picture of Monalisa as obscene, while some people will find it as an art. What can we do then?,” the bench said.

Anand argued that it was 'difficult for the government to ban pornographic websites as they do fall under any country's jurisdiction,' while adding that a procedure to block websites related to child porn was being worked out by the government.

News24 Bureau