Government is planning to install jammers to curb porn consumption in schools

CBI is working with Interpol to block child porn websites in India

by Ivan Mehta

The Indian government told supreme court on Monday that it is considering installing jammers in the school to control porn consumption by children. Although, it ruled out the possibility of jammers on the buses.

"It is not possible to install jammers in all school buses but we have asked CBSE to consider installing jammers in premises," the additional solicitor general, Pinky Anand told the bench.

She also said that the centre has blocked 3522 websites through a list provided by the Interpol. This list contains the websites which endorse child pornography. While India doesn't have a central system in place to keep a tab on these websites, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is working with Interpol on this

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The court was hearing a PIL filed by lawyer Kamlesh Vaswani to put a blanket ban on porn websites. As reported by TOI Advocate Vijay Panjwani, representing the petitioner, said watching porn in public places should be a criminal offence.

"The centre is just stalling the issue of child pornography and child pornography viewership," Vaswani said on a call with Killer Features, "Why spend so much money on technology where you can install a server in India and curb all this [sic]."

"It may not be feasible to install jammers inside school premises since jammers in school will block internet access to computers used by children. However, in order to prevent access of pornographic sites on cell phones by these drivers or anyone who is in charge of the children in the buses they can be installed in buses," the government had said earlier in its affidavit.

It said in its status report that Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC) website will be launched by October where people can file their complaints.

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