SC restraints media from interviewing Bihar's minor rape victims or showing their blurred images
The Supreme Court said that the victims of sexual abuse or sexual offences should not be required to re-live the trauma of the horrifying incident
In view of the recent alleged rape and abuse of girls in a Bihar government-funded children’s home run by an NGO called Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Simiti, the Supreme Court of India has restrained the electronic media from telecasting or broadcasting the images of the victims and asked journalists not to interview them.
The judgement came after a writ petition was filed in the apex court that the minor girls have been questioned and visited multiple times by several bodies, including the print and electronic media.
“In the interest of the minor girls, we restrain the electronic media from telecasting or broadcasting the images of the girls even in a morphed or blurred form. We request the media not to interview the minor girls. This request is being made in the interest of minor girls. News of the events may, of course, be disseminated but the interests of the minor girls should be kept in mind,” the judgement read.
“It has repeatedly been said by this court on several occasions that the victims of sexual abuse or sexual offences should not be required to re-live the trauma of the horrifying incident,” the court added.
“The minor girls who have allegedly been raped or sexually abused are being compelled to re-live the trauma again and again. This is hardly conducive to their welfare and well-being, both physical as well as mental,” the judgement read.
In compliance with the directions of the apex court, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has also requested the media not to interview the minor girls and restrained all private satellite TV channels from telecasting or broadcasting the images of minor girls even in morphed or blurred form.
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