Karnataka HC Plays Moral Police, Issues Notices To ISPs, YouTube, Google

First came calls to restrict pub timings in Bangalore, then came the crackdown on English-medium schools in Karnataka and now, demands to block Web sites that offend “Indian values.” Politicians, bureaucrats and lawyers in Karnataka seem to be in a rat race to play moral police.
The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday sent public interest litigation notices to the Centre and some Internet service providers urging the government to block Internet content that “offended and denigrated Indian values,” according to the Hindustan Times. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph and Justice B S Patil issued the notices to the Centre, Internet Service Providers Association of India, US-based Youtube Inc. and Google in response to the PIL filed by Bangalore-based Digital Society Foundation.