Fed up with his batchmates watching Pornhub, class 12 student wants Indian Supreme Court to ban porn

It’s an open secret that most engineering college kids watch porn during their free time in the hostels. It is also an open secret that most of these teens are addicted to websites like Pornhub, Xvideos, Brazzers and xHamster. A 16-year-old boy has taken exception to this vile habit and approached the top court of India to put a blanket ban on all porn websites in India.

Akash Narwala, who studies in Class 12 saw that his friends and school mates were addicted to porn websites like Pornhub, Xvideos, and xHamster. He decided to take matters into his own hands and knocked on the Supreme Court’s doors through lawyer Kamlesh Vaswani, seeking to become co-petitioner to 2013 petition seeking a total ban on porn websites in India.

Remember that Indian government has already partially implemented the Supreme Court verdict of 2015. As of today, nearly 850 porn websites including the popular ones like Xvideos, xHamster, and Brazzers are banned. Pornhub is strangely easily available to viewers in India.

Narwala who is a student of Vidhyanjali Academy in the famous coaching city of Kota says that “Even kids studying in class four, five, six and seven in my school are watching porn on their mobile and they want to watch them frequently. I am witness to it. Young minds are getting corrupted. It is having a damaging and upsetting effect on them”



Is total ban really possible?

It would be silly to believe that anybody could ban or stop anything on the Internet. Even now with Xvideos and xHamster banned, Indian access these websites through proxies or by using VPN. Ever since India witnesses a boom in 4G smartphones, millions of Indians access pornography on their smartphones. Most service providers have told the top communications watchdog of India, TRAI that it is impossible to block all such sites as many of the servers that host them are outside India. Also, the sites can be accessed through proxy servers or VPN.

Narvala, however, feels that the Supreme Court’s verdict could help his fellow classmates to become model students and de-addicted from watching porn websites. “Mobile accessibility and surfeit of porn on the internet is the primary reason. Young people are turning to the internet to learn about sex and relationships. Sometimes they are frequently stumbling across porn, often unintentionally,” says Narwala’s affidavit in court.

The Supreme court of India has asked the government to find out “ways and means” to block “blue films” on the internet. It had mentioned that obscenity, which is a crime under Indian law, “cannot be allowed to be perpetuated”. The Indian government only favors banning child pornography sites and not “going beyond”, considering a citizen’s right to privacy, and also because it does not want to be “moral policing”.

However, the court directed it to “develop a mechanism” for blocking all porn sites with the help of IT experts and service providers.

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