Delhi High Court has appointed Sr. Adv. Saurabh Kripal as amicus curiae in a petition filed by a woman seeking the issuance of directions to the Union to block certain sites which are pornographic sites operating under pseudo names, according to the plea.
The plea further seeks directions against respondents including Google and YouTube to delink the name of the Petitioner from their search engines/sites and issuance of directions to the respondents to block any nude, sexually explicit or morphed photos of the Petitioner from appearing on their sites.
Justice Subramonium Prasad of Delhi High Court issued notice in the matter on the first date of hearing and asked the centre, Google and Youtube to remove links or sites carrying these links with the help of Cyber Cell of Delhi Police.
According to the order of the High Court dated Oct 6, the counsel for Google LLC submitted that all the offending materials that were notified to them by the court and the petitioner have been removed from Youtube and no fresh material had been uploaded. The counsel for the Union submitted that only a few links were active. The court accordingly directed the Petitioner to implead the websites carrying these 5 links.
The matter is now listed for further hearing on Nov 8.
It is to be noted that the Delhi High Court in April had held that photographs taken from social media sites like Facebook and Instagram, and uploaded on pornographic websites without the consent of the concerned person amounts to an offence under Section 67 of the IT Act irrespective of the photograph being offensive/obscene the act of taking such photograph itself amounts to a breach of a person's privacy. Adv. Pavan Duggal was appointed the amicus curiae in that matter.
In addition to the above judgment, Justice Jairam Bhambani has also earlier issued a suggested framework of directions in this regarding, directing that:
Case Title : X Vs Union of India & Ors
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