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Online Porn, Rape and Internet Censorship in India

Panaji: Forty percent of college and higher secondary school boys in Goa watch rape porn, watching a total estimated 86,000 rape videos per day, according to a survey.

The survey was conducted by Rescue, a Karnataka-based organization promoting cyber ethics.
Abhishek Clifford, CEO of Rescue, said 47 percent of college students watch child porn in the state.
Clifford said: "Eighty percent college and higher secondary school boys watch porn and 40 percent of them watch rape porn regularly. On an average they watch 28 rape porn videos a week."
The survey was conducted across 10 colleges in the state. It tries to draw a link between watching rape porn videos and real-life rapes.
"Seventy-six percent students said that watching rapes leads to the desire to actually rape someone... Rape is increasing in India, this is a primary reason," Clifford said.
"We are in reality raising an army of rapists, thanks to non-regulation of pornography," he claimed, calling for regulation of Internet for children.
The upgradation from “regular” porn to more violent forms of porn, even child porn, he claimed, was a natural progression for the viewer.
"The level of violence in rape is increasing due to saturation of violent Internet porn.
Students are reprogramming their own sexual tastes," he said, comparing conventional porn viewing with marijuana.
"Fifty percent of students who are watching porn, end up watching violent porn…100 percent of the students who watch rape were already watching lower levels of porn," the survey said.

Watching Rape Porn Linked to Growing Number of Rapes  July 25, 2014

US research demonstrates a significant link between 'arousal to rape material and a propensity to rape'.


THE DIRECT LINKS BETWEEN USING PORN AND RAPE HAVE BEEN PROVEN TIME AND AGAIN. 


Children as young as ten are being arrested on suspicion of rape amid fears that online pornography is twisting their view of sex and relationships.


due to the growing accessibility of digital recording, sex attackers filming their crimes was an "increasing feature coming before the courts".

Man who filmed himself raping a woman at knifepoint on his iPad SAM BEATTIE 14 JANUARY 2013


The expanding problem of child prostitution goes hand-in-hand the exploding popularity of online pornography. Just how big a business is online porn nowadays? It's huge and getting bigger every day.

In 2013, a lawyer named Kamlesh Vaswani filed a petition in the Supreme Court of India demanding that all pornography on the internet should be blocked by the government of India. Vaswani argued, among other things, that seeing images of people having sex makes men want to commit rape and other crimes such as sex-trafficking.

I know many people who have not raped anyone despite watching pornography. Yet there is not much to argue here since the publication of pornography is illegal in India, even though viewing it is not. Why should the internet be allowed to get away with “publishing” porn?

The Supreme Court feels strongly about this, too. However, I was relieved when the outgoing Manmohan Singh government, in May 2014, opposed the idea in the Supreme Court. In a rare display of understanding the online medium, the government argued before the Supreme Court that en masse blocking of online porn would lead to unintended consequences, causing more harm than good. “Everything would be blocked and even good literature would be blocked and it would cause more greater harm,” the government told the court.


Easier censorship

So far in India, specific web pages are blocked, but the web is not “filtered” through keywords. Once we have web filters, all kinds of pages will get blocked. AIDS awareness websites will not pass through the filter, for instance. A central web filter also means that censorship will be easier. They could just put keywords they do not like in the filter, and all those pages will disappear from our computers. That is how China avoids any mention of “Tiananmen Square” on the internet in the country.

A country of dumb citizens such as India obviously needs a web filter. Thankfully, acche din soon came, and the new minister for communications threw such heresy out of the window. Ravi Shankar Prasad told a meeting of a committee on cyber regulation, appropriately called CRAC, “The larger issue of respecting cultural values of the country and sentiments of the Indian society need to be considered and all possible ways and means may have to be devised in this context.”

Bypassing web blocks

As a result, I changed my mind. Swachh internet would be a good thing. Indians watch a lot of porn online – we even have state-by-state data for you. Globally, watching porn is one of the main things the internet is used for. Porn sites take up more internet traffic than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter together.

With such high consumption of porn, everyone will use software to bypass all web blocking. Known as Virtual Private Networks, these softwares are widely available, free and for purchase, and are used in every country with crazy internet censorship. YouTube is blocked in Pakistan but my friends there send me YouTube links of Bollywood songs. Facebook is blocked in China, but my friend in Shanghai keeps posting her selfies all the time, garnering many likes from fellow Chinese also using VPNs.

With en masse blocking of online porn in India, the use of VPNs won’t be limited to nerds. Everyone will use VPNs, rendering all blocking pointless.

Free at last

There are some 900-odd webpages blocked in India, though who knows if it is nine lakh, because the government of India tells half-truths in these matters. These are blocked for reasons of politics, hate speech, copyright and such like. Widespread use of VPNs will render these blocks meaningless, too. The communications minister should, if he likes, block the entire internet, and make VPN companies rich. India will still watch porn.

There is even a bonus here. VPNs allow you to not only bypass blocking, but also give you online privacy. VPNs mask your IP address and come in the way of other people, such as the government and your internet service provider. If you use a public wi-fi, such as one in a coffee shop, without a VPN, your computer could be hacked into very easily. Surfing the net without a VPN is like having sex without condoms, as the AIDS literature about to be filtered out of the Indian internet will tell you.

So, by blocking online porn, the government will also inadvertently teach citizens how to protect their privacy online.

I request the powers that be to therefore lose no time in introducing web filtering to India, so that Indians can truly enjoy the free internet, without restrictions and fear.




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