Porn Sites Responsible For Rapes: Rajasthan Minister

22/06/2016 10:40 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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A Rajasthan minister on Wednesday said incidents of rape happen because of porn sites and demanded that access to such sites should be banned.

"These incidents are happening...thanks to Internet...porn videos etc. Access to these porn sites should be banned as these are not good for the society," Minister for Industries Rajasthan Gajendra Singh said.

He said porn sites were easily accessible and people should come together to fight against them.

"Rape and similar incidents are rising. West is influencing and it is very bad," Singh said.

Last week, the central government has banned websites offering escort services -- which are usually a front for prostitution -- acting on the recommendations of a committee set up by the Home ministry.

Last year, the government had to rollback the ban on porn sites after a backlash from the public on social media. Although the government partially revoked an order to block hundreds of pornographic websites following the uproar on social media, it ordered Internet service providers to shut down sites that promote child pornography.

(With PTI Inputs)

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