Obscene Objectionable Web Content : Indian Government Issues warnings

Government of India , Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has warned ISPs not to carry websites which violate IT Act . Strict action will be taken against the publishers of websites which contain obscene and objectionable content.

“The Internet contains large volume of content of diverse categories. Whenever a complaint is lodged regarding some objectionable material hosted on website, appropriate action is initiated,” Jyotiraditya M. Scindia ,Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology said on Monday.

The Minister said that licence Agreement for provision of Internet service provides that the Licensee shall take necessary measures to prevent objectionable and obscene content from being carried on his network, consistent with the established laws of the country. Once specific instances of such infringement are reported to the Licensee by the enforcement agencies, the Licensee shall ensure that the carriage of such material on his network is prevented immediately.

“Section 67 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 provides for punishment for publishing and transmitting information in electronic form which is obscene. The Government has further introduced Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2006 on 15.12.2006 in Lok Sabha, which proposes provision of punishment for publishing or transmitting material containing sexually explicit act in electronic form, ” Jyotiraditya M. Scindia said.

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