What areas need to use jammers?
Put jammers in the school
In a bid to block access of students to pornographic websites, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Friday that it is exploring the option of installing jammers in school premises but ruled out the possibility of putting the machines in school buses as suggested earlier.
The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it has blocked 3,522 websites carrying child pornographic content last month and asked the CBSE to consider installation of mobile jammers in schools to block access to such sites.
The government told a three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra that installation of jammers in school buses was not possible and they were coming out with steps to deal with the menace of child pornography in its entirety.
“The government has not directed schools, both private and government, to install high power jammers on school premises keeping in view the rise of sexual crimes on students and increasing reports of porn-sites viewed by students,” Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha said in a written reply.
He also said that, it is impossible to install jammers inside school premises as computers and the internet are an essential part of the curriculum. However, jammers can be installed in buses to avoid the use of internet by drivers as well as students. This situation is mainly for the safety of students.
Put jammers in the prisons
Use of mobile phones by inmates has been a menace that could not be controlled owing to the alleged connivance of some prison staff. Many crimes were believed to have been planned in prisons by gangsters who used mobile phones to communicate the plot to their henchmen outside.
According to a senior ECIL official, the German jammers were found to be very effective when installed for VVIP security, in prisons and other sensitive establishments. “We have installed them in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand central prisons where a large number of Maoists are lodged in high security blocks. The security protocol of the Jharkhand Chief Minister includes these gadgets…they have placed order for more jammers now,” the official who preferred not to be quoted said.