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INDIA Opposes .XXX Domain for Porn Sites

xxx-domain-namesLast week a global agency governing the web The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN had approved that pornography sites have to  take the suffix of .XXX but India is not very happy from this decision and compares the .XXX domain to be similar to a red light area. India will try to block this domain.

This suffix has raised a problem for the people involved in the pornography business and think that this will lead to easy identification of a site being a porn site and will create problems for them as many countries like china and India and other Arab countries who are very conservative are surely going to ban this domain causing a large scale arbitrary censorship.

"India along with many other countries from the Middle East and Indonesia opposed the grant of the domain in the first place, and we would proceed to block the whole domain, as it goes against the IT Act and Indian laws," said a senior official at the ministry of IT. "Though some people have said that segregation is better, and some countries allow it. But for other nations transmission and direct distribution of such content goes against their moral and culture," he added.

IN the beginning India and other Middle East countries were not willing to accept the new nomenclature and now after the nomenclature has been approved by the ICANN India is planning to ban the .XXX domain as it violates the IT act and the India laws. The direct distribution of porn through a special domain is looked at against culture and morality in many nations.
But a very appropriate question was raised which asked whether the same sites can function under the .com or .co.in banner the ministry was unsure about their thoughts and they just said that they will have to look case wise. Some people think that this will only help in preventing these contents from being watched by under ages as a special domain can be easily identified and blocked.

Though this has been termed as the red light areas on net but people should think that now preventing porn from being watched by under ages will we be as simple as cordoning of a red light are a from under ages. Another interesting fact about the Indian Penal code is that the distribution of adult content is illegal but watching it is not illegal. The .XXX domain shouts out that it has adult contents so under Indian law so it has to be banned under the Indian laws and also by many other countries that practice such laws.

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