The Juvenile Court in Battaramulla today issued an order to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission to ban access to porn websites via mobile phones with effect from midnight today.
The Juvenile Court Magistrate Dulani Amarasinghe ordered the Police Women and Child’s Bureau to hand over a list of 300 pornographic websites to the TRC to be banned as the initial step. According to sources, the Police Women and Child’s bureau told the Court that banning indecent hoardings and publications or websites via the internet alone did not serve any purpose as long as there was no ban on access to porn via mobile phones.
Last May a complaint was lodged by a parent that his child was able to access porn sites via the mobile phone including sites banned by the Government on the internet in Sri Lanka.
The Children’s Court had then ordered the Police Women and Child’s Bureau to seek the assistance of mobile phone companies on how porn sites accessed via mobile phones can be restricted or blocked.
Internet Service Providers and mobile companies have now been advised to implement the ban as a result of the Court order issued today.