- JULY 14, 2010
THEY may call it the “Land of the Pure”, but Pakistan turns out to be anything but.
The Muslim country, which has banned content on at least 17 websites to block offensive and blasphemous material, is the world’s leader in online searches for pornographic material.
Google ranks Pakistan No.1 in the world in searches for pornographic terms, outranking every other country in searches per person for certain sex-related content, FOXNews.com said.
Pakistan has ranked No.1 in searches per-person for “horse sex” since 2004, “donkey sex” since 2007, “rape pictures” between 2004 and 2009, “rape sex” since 2004, “child sex” between 2004 and 2007 and since 2009, “animal sex” since 2004 and “dog sex” since 2005, according to Google Trends and Google Insights, features of Google that generate data based on popular search terms.
The country has also been No.1 in searches for “sex”, “camel sex”, “rape video” and “child sex video”.
Google Trends generates data of popular search terms in geographic locations during specific time frames. Google Insights is a more advanced version that allows users to filter a search to geographic locations, time frames and the nature of a search, including web, images, products and news.
“We do our best to provide accurate data and to provide insights into broad search patterns, but the results for a given query may contain inaccuracies due to data sampling issues, approximations, or incomplete data for the terms entered,” Google said in a statement, when asked about the accuracy of its reports.
The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan did not reply to a request for an interview.
According to Gabriel Said Reynolds, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Pakistan’s monitoring and banning of websites is not part of a government effort to censor the Pakistani people, but one to shut out the rest of the world.
“(It) could lead to conversion, which would undermine the very order of the state,” he said. “Part of protecting the society is making sure that there is no way it could be undermined in terms of foreign influences.”
And while Pakistan is taking measures to prevent blasphemous material from being viewed by its citizens, pornographic material is “certainly” contradictory to Islam, too, Professor Reynolds said.
The country’s punishment for those charged with blasphemy is execution, but the question remains what – if anything – can be done about people who search for porn on the web.
“It’s a new phenomenon,” Professor Reynolds said.