The Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have started blocking websites allegedly offering escort services ‘in an attempt to filter out obscene content on the internet’ after an order from the Department of Telecommunication.
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The recent notice from the Department of Telecommunication named a number of websites that need to be banned, including pinkysingh.com, jasmineescorts.com, onlyoneescorts.com, payalmalhotra.in, localescorts.in, pearlpatel.in, kavyajain.in, xmumbai.in, shimi.in and anchu.in. Blocking of websites will take place under Section 69A of the IT Act, and a 2009 secondary legislation called the Information Technology Rules.
Indian government attempted to block 857 porn websites in 2015, but revoked the order following backlash online and offline. According to freedom on the net 2015 report by Freedom House, India is termed as a “partly free” country on the internet.