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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar writes to PM Modi to ban porn sites

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Patna, Dec 16: Blaming porn sites for the rising incidents of sexual crime against women, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to ban all "porn sites and inappropriate content" available online.

In the letter, Kumar expressed his "pain and serious concern" over the increasing number of gangrape cases which have agitated the general public, an official release said.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar writes to PM Modi to ban porn sites

"It will be my request to take appropriate action to ban all porn sites and inappropriate content available on internet immediately after giving due consideration to the serious issue," he wrote.

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    In Gopalganj, during his "Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali Yatra" on Dec 6, he had said he was planning to write to the Centre, seeking a complete ban on all websites hosting inappropriate content. Kumar also wrote that people, especially children and youths, are watching porn, violent and inappropriate content on internet due to its unlimited reach to them.

    The incidents (of gang rape and crime against women) take place in some cases because of the impact of these sites, he added. "People make videos of heinous acts (rape) against girls and women and get them uploaded on social media such as Whatsapp, Facebook etc. Such content, which seriously affect the minds of children and youths, have been found as factors responsible for crimes (against women)," he said.

    Long-term use of such content negatively affect the mind of some people, which gives rise to social problems and increases the number of cases of crime against women, the CM said.

    Talking about the laws meant to regulate inappropriate content, Kumar said that though certain provisions have been made in the Information Technology Act, 2000 (such as amendment in 2008), but they have not been proved effective to deal with the issue. The Supreme Court has also given several guidelines to the government on the issue.

    "In my view, the unlimited access to such inappropriate content can not be allowed in the name of freedom of speech and expression. There is a need to take effective measures for redressal of crimes against women and children," Kumar said. Stating that Internet Service Providers need to be sent a firm direction, he asserted the need for carrying out comprehensive awareness campaigns.

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