Sunday, January 04, 2009

Welcome to India – “Porn Free” Land by Law

Beware (at least in paper) if you want to watch any kind of pornography in India. Indian Parliament has amended the existing Information Technology (Amendment) Bill 2006 to include some stringent laws. Such an important bill was passed during the last day of the Lok Sabha without any kind of discussion. The main pointers of the new bill – 

  • Whoever publishes and transmits porography will be punished upto 7 years and a fine of Rs. 10 lakhs. You forward an email with pornographic content and you can be arrested under this law.
  • The internet café owner will be held responsible if any of his client watches pornography in his shop.
  • A police, ranked inspector or above can arrest anyone whom thinks have published and transmited pornography over internet.
  • The police have the freedom to get into any house without permission to check ones computer.
  • The bill calls for more stringent law if the pornography involves a minor. 

This law was passed on December 22nd. Did this law make any changes in the internet browsing patterns of the Indians? Did internet users really care about such a law? To answer these questions I went to internet traffic website Alexa, and compared the traffic websites from India

I searched Alexa for the top 100 sites receiving maximum traffic from India. Google India, leads the list followed by Yahoo, Google, Orkut.co.in in second, third and fourth. In the top 100 there are 4 adult sites and in none of them traffic from India has decreased. Here are the statistics for these sites and you can decide for yourself.

Website – debonairblog.com 

Debonairblog.com has a world traffic rank of:  367

India Rank:  23

Debonairblog.com users come from these countries:

India - 68.8%

Pakistan - 13.6%

Bangladesh  -6.3%

United States - 3.3%

United Kingdom -1.0%

Debonairblog.com traffic rank in other countries:

Bangladesh -17

Pakistan - 18

India - 23

United Kingdom - 1,357

Based on these statistics yesterday (2nd of January) about 0.2% of the global internet users browsed through this site. Of this, 68.8% of the traffic came from India. If we assume 100 million internet users a day (very conservative number) then about 200,000 pages of that website was viewed yesterday globally and in that 140,000 page visit came from India alone. As per Alexa statistics average page view per user was 5. This translates into 28,000 unique people from India visiting this site. Did government arrest even a single person? Another thing to notice in this statistics – this site is very popular Muslim countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh where it is ranked 18th and 17th respectively in the traffic generated from those countries. Isn’t watching pornography against Islam?

Second in the list is savithababhi.com and here is the statistics for that 

Savitabhabhi.com has a global traffic rank of: 921

India: 49

Savitabhabhi.com users come from these countries:

India -82.0%

Pakistan - 5.5%

Bangladesh - 5.4%

United States -2.1%

United Kingdom -0.7%

 Savitabhabhi.com traffic rank in other countries:

India -49

Bangladesh - 49

Pakistan -141

United Kingdom -5,487

 If we go through the same math for this website based on the numbers in Alexa, about 5000 unique visitors have come to his website yesterday. The rank of this website increased about 300 globally compared to the previous day – another example of no effect of the law in restricting pornography. There are other websites like pornhub.com, adultfriendfinder.com in the top hundred lists from India and one can find the same trend. 

So what does this tell you? We make lot of laws but don’t implement them strictly. For us citizens, the laws are there to be broken if it is not convenient for us. We have strong laws against all public menaces – dowry, child labor, prostitution etc. but are any of them implemented strictly? I believe this law will also be one like that- Good law on paper but never implemented in reality.

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15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting statistics, Brijesh.. But I prefer to call it a "stupid" law [also not to be grouped along with the other "good" laws against dowry, child labour and prostitution] because (1) our government has bigger (important) issues that requires its immediate attention (2) As long as a person does something at his expense [time ;) /effort :P /money :o] and doesnot directly or indirectly affect other people (offend/hurt let me say) why bother?

Of course like you said, we will find more people breaking this ridiculous "law" because for one, its too difficult to implement and secondly it encroaches into an individual's freedom. From the severity of punishment, I guess "watching porn" is considered a bigger crime than rape, abuse and sometimes even murder.. [:)]..Our "lawmakers" are proving (again) that they have their as* and mouth are at the wrong ends.

January 04, 2009 7:17 AM  
Blogger scorpiogenius said...

jolly good post! thanks for the info...never knew such dumb laws existed here! :-)

I believe there must be a serious effort to restrict child pornography and related sex crime videos but banning porn wholly would never work out.

January 04, 2009 8:56 AM  
Blogger Karthikeyan said...

Brijesh,
Watching porn (that is not child pornography/ or forced) is not the same as the other serious crimes. This can be used by police men to fleece more money out of unwitting public. So much easier to force money out since the other option is public humiliation. It is a worthless piece of legislation when more serious issues face our country.

January 04, 2009 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the coming of the "stealth mode" (it is in fact called the porn mode widely) in Chrome and the new versions of IE and FF, browsing history is not very easily traceable, unless the ISP is involved. How in the world is the police going to prove that one has watced porn?.

Such fool lawmakers. But that is Indian politics.

anon.

January 04, 2009 5:00 PM  
Blogger jpk said...

I checked the website for the bill passed in parliament. But i couldn't see any clause which watching porn is an offence. Publishing porn is an offence.
http://www.prsindia.org/docs/bills/1192012012/1192012012_96_2006.pdf
{Section 67.}

January 04, 2009 7:23 PM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

anon @ 12.17 PM
yes I agree this law should not be equated with other serious crime. My point was even though we have strong laws against those serious crimes still these crimes exist in society.

Scorpio
This law is never going to be implemented.

JPK,
“Publishing and transmitting” is a crime. So if you forward an email that you got from some one and if a police offer thinks that it is offensive he has the right to arrest you.

January 04, 2009 7:57 PM  
Blogger jpk said...

Sorry, the previous comment points to the Amendment act of 2006. The new one is not yet formally released in the governments website.

January 04, 2009 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stupid law. With so many email id's being hacked, how public is going to prove that they didn't actually sent emails with porn content?

smtp program can easily spoof FROM address.

imagine having to explain all these to Indian police..

January 04, 2009 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A useless law..
I hope the govt of India would pass laws to make their peoples lives safer, instead of making it easier for the police to milk innocent civilians.
But in actuallity the porn industry decides the path for the evolving video technologies; for eg BlueRay or HDDVD: or the Betamax or VHS.

Prem.

January 05, 2009 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Monir said...

Laws are made to break ! Specially in third world countries like Bangladesh , India , Nepal. In developped countries, laws are also made to favor some group so that they can hire attorney to interprete law as per their wish and way. So its fool to expect that new laws will be implemented. Those parlimentarian should explain why existing law is not working and why they need a new law and what is the gurantee that this time it will be executed. Or else, same old history. Laws are made to harass innocent people.

January 06, 2009 5:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if this can be really enforced by the government, yes Internet Cafe can be controlled. But then controlling transmission of data thro' wire how can government do it? What if people use various anonymizer or tunneling to watch porn how is that going to help?

I wish that some day India Govt learn that they should stop wasting time on passing bills which is no way going to help any citizen. I think we should stop being so prudish, hey no matter what we are the land which bought forth Kamasutra :-)

January 06, 2009 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

brijesh,

thank you for the links :P
i cannot afford CD's .. it has gone expensive .. 250 indian rupees :O

January 16, 2009 2:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did they implement these laws??????????????

January 27, 2009 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must consider it as stupid law :( First they must try to reduce the offline crimes & vulnerabilites than only online shit.

February 03, 2009 4:35 AM  
Anonymous himanshu said...

THE law should always be there
but i think doesn't say it illegal to access or watching it although its transmission and publishing is illegal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
the porn movies is really proving harmful for he society due to the due to its reaching to underage children causing them to involve in early age sex ............
i think the law should implement acc. to age basis..

May 23, 2010 9:50 PM  

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