In a second attempt to ban porn in India, the Ministry of Telecommunications has directed all service providers to ban 827 porn websites that host child abusive pornographic content. In August,2015 the government had unsuccessfully tried to ban porn in India on the grounds that it promotes sexual assault.The issue has surfaced yet again when the Uttarakhand high court reinstated the Supreme Court’s porn ban after a rape accused in the city of Dehradun said he committed the crime after being nudged into it by watching porn.

India is the third largest consumer of porn right after US and UK and all efforts by the government to ban porn have gone to waste. Historically, no nation has ever successfully banned pornography including countries like  China, Turkey, Iran, etc. have millions to tens of millions of citizens that obtain pornographic material. In 2016, Xhamster got a billion visits from countries that ban links to its website.

Pornhub the leading porn catering website has created another mirror website with a different URL just for its Indian users. “There are no laws against pornography in India and watching adult content privately. It’s evident that the Indian government does not have a solution to a very serious and systemic problem in the country, and is using adult sites like ours as a scapegoat,” said Corey Price, vice-president at Pornhub. “For the government to ban sites like ours that have compliant parental controls, a non-consensual take down page, and a strict terms of service is a disservice to the people of India, who have become one of the largest connoisseurs of adult content.”

The Internet has also parodied the government’ efforts after various hacks have surfaced like all the porn websites are fully functional when accessed through the UC Browser. Indians are also accessing adult content through various proxies like Hidester, Hide.me, Whoer.net and Anonymouse.

India’s attempt to ban porn would ultimately lead to the creation of an underground porn society. We also need to keep in mind that the internet is not the only way in which porn can be accessed. The country has a huge business in dealing porn DVDs for as cheap as 30Rs. Magazines and pre-downloaded porn also remain lucrative sources.