Court fines media for naming rape victim

By Editor on 19/04/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 615


An Indian court on Wednesday ordered 12 media companies to pay $15,000 each to a compensation fund for victims of sexual violence after they published the name of an eight-year-old girl who was gang raped and murdered.

Indian law prohibits the naming of rape victims, even after they have died, because of the stigma attached to the crime.

The New Delhi High Court ordered each firm to pay one million rupees within a week to be used for a compensation scheme for sexual assault victims.

The law provides for a jail term of two years along with a fine in case of violations.

The name of the child, who was killed in Jammu and Kashmir state and has since become the focus of national protests over rape cases in India, was used by several media outlets before a court ordered a clampdown last Friday.

Lawyers for the media firms told the court the mistake happened due to their ignorance of the law and a misconception that they could name her as she was dead, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

The girl, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic community, was kidnapped, drugged and raped over five days, including at a Hindu temple, before being bludgeoned to death in January.

Many outlets not only revealed the victim’s name but published her photo as well, which also violated the law. Pictures of the girl have also been used on banners at many protests across India.

The case has dominated headlines in India after harrowing details of the attack were released by the police recently.

Protests over her murder have reverberated across the country for a week.

Police on Wednesday used tear gas and batons to disperse students demonstrating in Srinagar, the main city in Jammu and Kashmir state, PTI said.

India’s President Ram Nath Kovind called the rape and murder “heinous” and “barbaric”.

It is the collective responsibility of all of us to ensure such a thing does not happen with any girl in any part of the country,” he said in a public speech Wednesday.

 

The incident was also condemned by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of the UN Women agency, who urged Indian authorities to do more to counter sexual violence in the country.

“There have been too many such atrocities and too often it is women and girls who are deliberately targeted, instilling fear and building divides,” she said in a statement. (AFP)

Posted 19/04/2018 04:55:44 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
Killings: Danjuma’s self-defence call, evidence of Buhari’s failure...

Dino Melaye Recall Attempt Fails As INEC Verifies...

Why I didn’t implement 2014 confab report –...

2019: No restructuring, no vote – Ohanaeze Ndigbo...

Herdsmen attack: Police confirms death of 4 persons...

2019: I won’t just be President but a...

Jonathan’s officials, cousin shared N27bn proceeds of PHCN...

Igala people seek own state out of Kogi...

Auto crash claims seven lives in Enugu

Controversial statement: IG declares Babangida’s spokesman, Afegbua, wanted...

US Universityy appoints Ekweremadu Full Professor

Entire 34 Catholic bishops in Chile resign en-masse...

 

Latest News Another minister skips NYSC, risks jail term 2019: World leaders have little regard for Buhari – Saraki Kogi Gov’s Convoy in Auto Crash CJ Directs Judges to Conclude Pre-election Cases by October 2019: APC chieftain dares Buhari, declares support for Atiku at PDP secretariat Ekweremadu’s Constituents Carpet Buhari’s Aides over senatorial seat Drama as APC chieftain defects to PDP, places curse 2019: Dogara defects, picks PDP forms INEC denies plans to postpone 2019 elections Buhari assures on new minimum wage as workers threaten strike APC fires back at The Economist, HSBC for predicting Buhari’s defeat Army, others in show of force over IPOB sit-at-home order

 

Most Read NAFDAC eases processes, cost of registering products for MSMEs (6,709 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (5,065 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (4,902 views) IPOB: ‘We need urgent clarifications on Nnamdi Kanu’s status, whereabouts’, UK Govt tells FG (4,374 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (4,282 views) Ex-governor Adebayo, Keyamo, Arise, others get board appointments (3,579 views) Nigeria ripe for Restructuring Now – Nwodo in Chatham House (3,320 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (3,286 views) Anambra: INEC releases 37 candidates for Nov poll (3,258 views) Quit notice: Kaduna Govt obtains bench warrant against Northern youths (3,251 views) Buhari has disappointed Nigerians – Arewa Youth Forum (3,248 views) Prince Arthur Eze canvasses support for Buhari, Ugwuanyi (3,081 views)

 

SECTIONS NEWS (440) EDITORIAL (5) POLITICS (330) SOCIETY (102) SPORTS (12) BUSINESS (194) HEALTH (16) EDUCATION (14) ENTERTAINMENT (7) INTERNATIONAL (30) TECHNOLOGY (1) COLUMNISTS (0) LETTERS (0) OPINION (8)

 

 

Julius Agwu - Crazy Interview Demands