Over the years Government of India has banned thousands of websites and URLs. But uptil now users wouldn’t get into trouble if they visited any of these websites.
However, if you try to visit such URLs now, you can get into some serious trouble.
According to reports, just accessing a blocked website in India can earn users a jail-term of 3 years and a fine upto Rs 3 lakh.
The extent of this ban includes ‘looking at a torrent file, or downloading a file from a host banned in India, or even viewing an image on a file host like Imagebam.’
On accessing a banned URL, following warning will pop-up:
“This URL has been blocked under the instructions of the Competent Government Authority or in compliance with the orders of a Court of competent jurisdiction. Viewing, downloading, exhibiting or duplicating an illicit copy of the contents under this URL is punishable as an offence under the laws of India, including but not limited to under Sections 63, 63-A, 65 and 65-A of the Copyright Act, 1957 which prescribe imprisonment for 3 years and also fine of upto Rs. 3,00,000/-.”
“Any person aggrieved by any such blocking of this URL may contact at [email protected] who will, within 48 hours, provide you the details of relevant proceedings under which you can approach the relevant High Court or Authority for redressal of your grievance.”
Though the message is omnious, it is not clear how the it will be enforced or what process will be followed in case a user gets into trouble.