Pornography in Pakistan

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Pornography in Pakistan is illegal and is subject to several legal provisions. The Government has put a 100% ban on internet website containing such material since November 2011. The list of banned pornographic websites is updated on an ongoing basis.

History[edit]

Until September 2011, Internet pornography was accessible and pornography was widely accessed by the people with no policy towards censorship. Many young boys and girls would travel to Internet cafes to pay for and watch pornography.[1] However, in November 2011, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority’s (PTA) decided to start blocking pornographic websites.[2]

In September 2011, a hacker claiming to be from Pakistan defaced the official website of the Supreme Court of Pakistan as a means to raise attention and call on the Chief Justice to permanently ban and block access to pornographic content on the Internet in the country.[3] In October 2011, the website of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) was also defaced by the same hacker, with similar demands where the hacker demanded a blanket ban on all websites containing explicit material.[4]

In November 2011, the PTA announced that it was in the process of banning the 1,000 most-frequented pornographic websites in Pakistan. The measure was taken to curb pornography.[5] A report in 2012 said that, with many porn websites banned in the country, a few people were turning to purchasing pornographic DVDs in places such as Karachi's Rainbow Centre, which has long been the largest hub of video piracy and CD distribution in Pakistan.[6]

Child pornography[edit]

Child pornography is illegal in Pakistan. Culprits found involved in child pornography and child sexual abuse will be subject to 7 years in prison and a fine of 7,000 USD as per the Pakistani laws.[7] The punishment was later increased to 14 years to 20 years in prison and a fine of 1 million Rupees.[8][9][10][11] Pakistan also has cyber unit to curb child pornography within the country. The unit has a team of 40 members and one director-level official, who will be independent to investigate the matter and the unit is integrated with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).[12][13]

Before introducing its own laws regarding the child pornography, Pakistan had ratified the Optional Protocol to the UNCRC on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.[14]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.smh.com.au/technology/pakistan-moves-to-curb-porn-browsing-at-internet-cafes-20030423-gdgnb0.html
  2. ^ http://thediplomaticenvoy.com/2017/11/13/focus-pornography-laws-pakistan/
  3. ^ Hacker defaces Supreme Court website, Express Tribune
  4. ^ Ban porn or else: Hacker penetrates PTA site
  5. ^ PTA approved: Over 1,000 porn sites blocked in Pakistan
  6. ^ Smutty DVD sales go up as porn sites go down
  7. ^ "Pakistan parliament passes law against child sexual abuse". News 18. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  8. ^ "NA approves harsher punishments for child abuse". Express tribune. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  9. ^ "NA passes bill to impose stricter punishment on sex offenders". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Child molester, pornographer to face up to 20 years imprisonment". Dunya News. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  11. ^ "NA Okays 14-20 years' jail time for child sex offenders". Daily times. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Interior ministry approves cyber unit to curb child pornography". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Govt approves establishment of cyber patrolling unit to curb child pornography". Morning Mail. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  14. ^ Child Rights Movement (CRM) Pakistan (April 2012). "The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Pakistan: The State of Children's Rights in Pakistan" (PDF). Retrieved 18 July 2013.