In the year 2015, around 800 sites were banned by the government for the pornographic contents and in the year 2016, more 200 sites were added in the list, sites were related to “Escort Services”.
DNS filtering is used to block such URLs and websites. This means the DNS of the blocked site was added to a list maintained by the internet service provider and whenever a user tried connecting to that site, the DNS server of the internet service provider would block that request.
Following Blocked message is displayed:
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 urlblock [at] tatacommunications [dot] com 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
Some of Pornographic and Escort Service website and URL which was most viewed and that got banned in India are:
Some website of another category such as File Storage and Torrent sharing that are blocked: