Jammu and Kashmir Police have registered a case against a social media news channel for disclosing the name and identity of a rape victim in this central Kashmir district.
An official said that after the recent incident of an alleged rape of a teenage girl in Ganderbal the news channel on social media carried a story about the victim and revealed her identity which is in violation of the rules and Supreme Court guidelines. “The Principal Juvenile Justice Board Ganderbal took cognisance of the matter and passed directions to police to take legal action against such media persons,” the official added.
He said that following the directive the Police filed an FIR No. 102/2019 U/S 23 POCSO Act, 228-A RPC against the media person, who disclosed identity of the rape victim. “We want to inform the general public that the publication of real name of rape victim is a criminal offence under Prevention of Children from Sexual Offence Act (POCSO Act),” he added.
Pertinently the Supreme Court in a judgement has said that media should be cautious not to “sensationalise” such cases. “Though they have an obligation to report such matters, they are also duty bound not to disclose the identity of such victims, including minors. No person can print or publish in print, electronic, social media, etc the name of the victim or even in a remote manner disclose any facts which can lead to the victim being identified and which should make her identity known to the public at large,” the Supreme Court had said.