New Delhi, August 4: Amid dissent sounded among internet users, the government has decided to review the ban imposed on porn sites. The Information and Technology ministry along with Telecom Department will relax the ban, by allowing those sites to operate which do not host porn involving children, or minors below 18 years of age.Also Read - TikTok Ban in India: From Rashami Desai to Kamya Punjabi, TV Celebs Applaud Government Move to Ban Chinese Apps

The Telecom Ministry has indicated that the government’s decision is directed towards blocking online content depicting the sexual exploitation of children.The move comes a couple of days after the government had imposed a blanket ban on sites offering sexual content. Around 857 websites were blocked with immediate effect from Saturday. (ALSO READ: 857 porn sites banned: Retrogressive step or a constitutional move to curb immoral online addiction?) Also Read - Parliament Session to be Extended by 8 Working Days

The ban on porn sites drew flak from various sections of society. The objectors of the decision cited a recent Supreme Court order wherein the Chief Justice of India H L Dattu rejected a petition demanding the apex court to issue an interim order banning the porn sites accessible in India. “Such interim orders cannot be passed by this court. Somebody may come to the court and say look I am above 18 and how can you stop me from watching it within the four walls of my room. It is a violation of Article 21 [right to personal liberty],” the bench hearing the plea said. Also Read - Ravi Shankar Prasad Gets Telecom Ministry Along With IT, Law