Can the government stop users from visiting porn sites? (Shutterstock Image)
The government's porn ban has elicited equal measure surprise and ridicule on the social media. Celebs voiced their opinion on the recent decision and called it "impractical", "illegal" and "impossible". Some even surmised that after beef and porn, what would the government ban next?
Actor Sonam Kapoor called it out by tweeting, "Ban idiots who think banning things is going to make a difference to Indian mentality.. #sooverthisgovt #NextBanIdea #sick #ashamed."
Author Chetan Bhagat took the issue headlong when he wrote on Twitter, "Don't ban porn. Ban men ogling, leering, brushing past, groping, molesting, abusing, humiliating and raping women. Ban non-consent. Not sex. Porn ban is anti-freedom, impractical, not enforceable. Politically not very smart too. avoidable. Let's not manage people's private lives.Porn ban is anti-freedom, impractical, not enforceable. Politically not very smart too. avoidable. Let's not manage people's private lives."
Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma shared a series of tweets on the subject. He wrote, "The best way to tackle a presumed menace is to bring it out in open rather than pushing it under the rug or pretending it doesn't exist. History proved it multiple times that if anytime anything is banned it will just gather strength in the underground. All in all any deprivation of personal liberty of an individual by a government amounts to a regression of social progress of that country.
Actor Uday Chopra tweeted, "So India bans porn. Will this decision lower the cases of sexual violence or increase it. I wonder." He then followed it up by asking people what should be banned next.
Rajeev Khandelwal, actor: By acting so strict, the government will lose the youth’s support. Some choices are best left to individuals in a democracy Rajeev Khandelwal, actor
Mayur Puri, screenwriter: Dear government, what you really need to ban is illegal sharing of music and films on the internet. That’s killing the industry.
Onir, filmmaker: We never really address the issue, we are constantly trying to curb freedom. This will only encourage illegal activities.
SOURCE - HINDUSTAN