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File an RTI to save your 'Bhabhi'!

One of India's leading porn sites has been banned by the government. The creators have asked its fans to file RTI pleas against this move.
Agencies | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 10, 2009 01:47 PM IST

The creators of toon porn star Savita Bhabhi have asked its fans to file RTI pleas against the government ban that took place a few days back.

The defining image of voyeurism in India, she is under fire, and needs your help. Launched in March 2008, Savita Bhabhi "a regular Indian woman who just can't get enough sex" was an instant hit with Indian netizens, attracting 60 million visitors each month. The 82nd most visited Indian portal has been banned by the Department of Telecommunication, Ministry of IT and Telecom, for promoting obscenity.

Its moderators are now garnering support on Twitter for the Save Savita Project. The website boasts of attracting 60 million visitors every month.

However, the developers have launched a "Save Savita" movement across the web, asking fans to file RTI pleas, seeking a reply from the government as to why only Savita Bhabhi is being "targeted" when hundreds of other such websites go unchecked.

"This project is an attempt to give a voice to all those Savita Bhabhi fans who want to speak out and do something about this act of censorship.

The Save Savita project will also help donate towards other anti-Internet censorship projects like Picidae around the world," said the Save Savita project website, a link to which is posted on the Savita Bhabhi website.

The administrator of the website, Deshmukh, has also created accounts on social-networking websites Twitter and Facebook to garner support against the ban.

In one of the posts on the Twitter account, Deshmukh sought help from Indian fans: "The RTI Act applicable in India was just brought to my notice by a fan. Unfortunately, since no one in the Savita Bhabhi team is an Indian citizen, we cannot use it. Would appreciate if someone can take this up on our behalf."

Creators of the toon porn website are known by their screen names. Based in Europe, the site's owners were not notified of the ban.

Support has already started pouring in. Fans are posting links to alternative sites from where Savita Bhabhi can be accessed.

Meanwhile, cyber experts feel that the ban would be of no help. Cyber crime expert Sunny Vaghela said, "The developers can change the proxy of the website and make it accessible.

If the government is really serious about stopping the access to the portal, they must take action against the moderators."

Added cyber law expert Pawan Duggal, "The creators of Savita Bhabhi can challenge the ban, arguing that it is an expression of their thoughts and what is expressed is not lascivious.

They can also argue that when there is so much explicit pornographic content accessible easily on the Internet, why should they be singled out?"

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