Varanasi, November 16: The Banaras Hindu University’s Institute of Medical Science developed a ‘Har Har Mahadev’ application which blocks pornography, violence and vulgar content circulating on the world wide web. It plays a devotional song if an user attempts to open an ‘inappropriate’ site.

“By next month we will give a religion option. For example if a Muslim tries to open then ‘Allah o Akbar’ will be played. Similarly, chants of other religion will be loaded as well,” BHU Professor Dr Vijaynath Mishra said.

The App was developed in their personal capacity by a team led by Professor Mishra, BHU research scholars Smriti Singh and Akanksha Srivastav, developer Ankit Shrivastav and journalists Aman and Ankit.

“When I first developed this app I had my patients, my children and my students in mind. But now I think this should be made available to the whole world,” Mishra said.

The application is available on both mobile and desktop. The application took six months to complete and can block about 3,800 identified sites, Mishra added. “We will update it further as more and more unwanted sites are cropping up daily,” said Mishra, the Times of India reported.

Highlighting the purpose of the app, Mishra told New Indian Express, “Human minds are exposed to violence and vulgarity because of easy access on the internet. The aim of this app was to have a filtering system in place.”

On the question of naming the app ‘Har Har Mahadev’, Mishra said that the app, which is in its initial stages now, has only Hindu devotional songs, and work is on to include devotional songs of other religions.

Hailing the step, BHU Medical Superintendent OP Upadhyay said, “This is a very good step. It will help curb the corrupted mentality being spread in society. This is the land of Madan Mohan Malviya, hum maryadaon ke pujari hain.”