SC asks Centre to ban child pornography

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New Delhi, Feb 27: Concerned about the liberty people take to watch child pornography, citing freedom of speech and living, the SC urged the Centre to stop access to websites featuring child pornography.

Classifying them as obscene and a threat to social morality, a bench of justices Dipak Misra and S.K. Singh reacted to a plea by the Women Lawyer Association, which gave instances of school bus drivers and conductors forcing children under their care to watch child porn and sexually assaulted them.

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The SC said,"Innocent children cannot be made prey to this kind of painful situations and a nation cannot afford to carry on any kind of experiment with its children in the name of liberty."

Saying that pornography cannot make a moral dent in the society, Justice Mishra said,"The Centre is required to make certain rules and regulations to initially stop child pornography."

The court directed the Centre to file an affidavit on ways to curb child pornography on the Internet and asked the government to ban watching porn in any form in public.

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