The Supreme Court of India petitioned the Indian government to respond to a public interest litigation (PIL) petition  that seeks to ban online pornography.  This call comes in the wake of a brutal gang-rape of a five-year-old girl in the city of Delhi and the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a city bus.  The suspects arrested for raping the 5-year-old reportedly stated that they watched porn on a mobile phone and drank heavily hours before they abducted and tortured the little girl.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Altamas Kabir issued notices to the ministries of Communications and Information Technology, Information and Broadcasting, and Home Affairs, and to the Internet Service Providers Association of India, asking them to consider legislation to ban online porn and block porn sites on the Internet.  Lawyer Kamlesh Vaswani, who called online pornography "cultural pollution," brought the PIL forward in response to public outrage over the rape, torture, and attempted murder on the five-year-old girl.

The petition states that " sexual content that kids are accessing today is far more graphic, violent, brutal, deviant and destructive and has put entire society in danger so also safety threats to public order in India." 

Crimes 'fuelled by pornography' "The petitioner most respectfully submits that most of the offenses committed against women/girls/children are fuelled by pornography. The worrying issue is the severity and gravity of the images is increasing. It is a matter of serious concern that prepubescent children are being raped," Vaswani submitted.

"Offenders' minds are mostly fueled by pornography as the sexual offender or rapist achieves his gratification not from sexual release alone but also from the thrill of domination, control, and power," the petition states in reference to the December 2012 Delhi gang-rape case.

Source:  Times of India