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Blaming Porn For Rapes, MP Home Min Bhupendra Singh Urges Centre To Ban All Pornography

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| April 24 , 2018 , 11:38 IST

Rapes take place with a disturbing frequency in India and are often blamed on the attire of the victim and how 'available' she was. Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Bhupendra Singh, blamed pornography for being the “main cause” for rapes in the state and wrote to the Centre on Monday, urging for a ban on all porn sites.

Although Madhya Pradesh's BJP government has blocked 25 porn sites, Singh claimed that it wasn't enough and that pornography should be banned altogether.

“A study by the MP home department revealed pornography is adversely impacting childhood, with even young boys and girls getting easy access to it. Rapes and sexual assaults are a result of access to these sites,” Singh said to media at the secretariat.

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“Though some 25 porn sites have been banned, we do not have direct control over such sites. So, we have urged the Union government to ban all porn sites and introduce a stringent law to control porn,” he added.

In November 2014, based on a petition, the government had banned access to all websites hosting pornography, but lifted the ban a week later after public protest. Amending the earlier blanket ban, the government then completely banned child pornography, allowing the adult population to watch porn in private.

Despite the ban on child pornography, in recent years rapes on minors, ranging from 8-months-old to 8-years-old have continued to take place, with most recently the brutal gangrape of an 8-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua shocking the nation.

Last week, the government and President Ram Nath Kovind cleared a ordinance awarding death penalty to those convicted of raping minors below the age of 12 years.

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