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]

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Child pornography[edit]

Child pornography is illegal in Pakistan. Culprits found involved in child pornography and child sexual abuse will be subject to 7 year in prison and a fine of 7,000 USD as per the Pakistani laws.[5] The punishement was later increased to 14 years to 20 years in prison and a fine of 1 million rupees.[6][7][8][9] 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).[10][11]

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.[12]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Hacker defaces Supreme Court website, Express Tribune
  2. ^ Ban porn or else: Hacker penetrates PTA site
  3. ^ PTA approved: Over 1,000 porn sites blocked in Pakistan
  4. ^ Smutty DVD sales go up as porn sites go down
  5. ^ "Pakistan parliament passes law against child sexual abuse". News 18. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  6. ^ "NA approves harsher punishments for child abuse". Express tribune. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  7. ^ "NA passes bill to impose stricter punishment on sex offenders". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Child molester, pornographer to face up to 20 years imprisonment". Dunya News. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  9. ^ "NA Okays 14-20 years' jail time for child sex offenders". Daily times. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Interior ministry approves cyber unit to curb child pornography". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Govt approves establishment of cyber patrolling unit to curb child pornography". Morning Mail. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  12. ^ 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.