India blocks access to 857 porn websites in latest online crackdown

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MUMBAI, India — The Indian government has taken on pornography in its latest Internet clampdown, sparking debates about individual liberties: Its Department of Telecommunications (DoT) ordered ISPs to block access to 857 websites that host pornographic content

The move comes even as the Supreme Court of India is hearing a Public Interest Litigation case on banning access to porn sites. During a hearing last month, Chief Justice HL Dattu had refused to pass an interim order to ban the websites, citing Article 21 of the nation’s constitution, which enshrines the right to personal liberty

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