Read: SC asks DoT how porn websites can be blocked The response was placed before a bench headed by justice BS Chauhan. The court directed department of telecommunication (DoT) to file its response to the PIL within three weeks. The court has sought a specific reply on the issue of blocking those websites featuring child pornography. It further said it was impossible for the ISPs to carry out pro-active monitoring of the content in the absence of any mandate by the DoT. Service providers were obligated to block only those contents that were deemed objectionable to the government.
Read: HT poll verdict almost evenly split on online porn ban "ISPs neither create content of any sort nor do they own, promote, modify or edit it. They are merely authorised service providers who provide their customers’ access to the Internet. They are merely conduits and cannot be made liable for the contents," the reply stated. Blocking without a government or court order would tantamount to pre-censorship, ISPs claimed. The Centre had earlier told SC that it was difficult to block international porn sites in the country and sought time to consult various ministries in order to find a solution.