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Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other websites are facing prosecution in Indian courts for refusing to censor themselves and remove contents considered insulting to Indian leaders and major religious figures.

Government officials are upset about web pages that are insulting to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ruling Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi and major religious figures. Some illustrations have shown Mr Singh and Ms Gandhi in compromising positions and pigs running through Mecca, Islam's holiest city.

The federal government said there was sufficient material to proceed against 21 social networking sites for offences of "promoting enmity between classes and causing prejudice to national integration". according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

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