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Govt mulls jammers in schools to prevent porn websites

Blocked 3500 pornography websites: Centre tells SC

Our Correspondent / NEW DELHI

Government of India on Friday told the Supreme Court that it was exploring the option of installing jammers in school premises to block access to pornographic websites to students, it however ruled out the possibility of putting the machines in school buses as suggested earlier.

mobile filmAppearing before a bench of Justices Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar, additional solicitor general Pinky Anand and advocate Rajesh Ranjan said the government had asked CBSE to examine the option of putting jammers in school premises.

“It is not possible to install jammers in all school buses but we have asked CBSE to consider installing jammers in premises,” the ASG told the bench.

The government had earlier told the court that jammers could be placed on buses but not in school premises. “It may not be feasible to install jammers inside school premises since jammers in school will block internet access to computers used by children. However, in order to prevent access of pornographic sites on cell phones by these drivers or anyone who is in charge of the children in the buses they can be installed in buses,” the government had said in its affidavit.

Centre the apext court that it last month it has blocked more than 3500 child pornography websites but ruled out the installation of jammers in school buses to block these websites.

While telling the bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justices A M Khanwilkar and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar that it was taking various other steps to deal with issue of blocking the websites carrying child pornography, the Additional Solicitor General Pinki Anand said that they have asked the CBSE to consider installing jammers in schools.

As court was told that it was not possible to install jammers in school buses, the petitioners Kamlesh Vaswani and the Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association said that whgat ASG Anand was saying was going back on what Centre had said earlier.

Women layers cited the HRD Ministry saying that installing jammers in the schools may not be feadsigble as it would also block the computers being used for academic purposes, but they can be installed in school buses.

“They can’t go back on their own affidavit”, the women lawyers said as ASG Anand said that government was coming out with steps to address the problem in its entirety.

As Centre said that it would file the status report on the steps it was taking to curb the child pornography websites, the court gave it two days time.

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