Madras HC restricts all print and electronic media from publishing and broadcasting any material relating to the testimony of rape victims

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The High Court found that the released documents not only identify the victims, but give a verbatim version of the statement they gave to the investigative agency. The above act of publishing the aforementioned documents is not only in bad taste but contrary to the very spirit of the order and constitutes a direct interference in the administration of justice.

The bench said that “The said weekly magazine ‘Nakkheeran’ definitively demands to be involved in this petition as a defendant to justify the necessity of publishing the said material, when it has been specifically held by this Court that the witness protection program must be implemented by the State in the interests of victims and witnesses, which in effect means that the print and electronic media have been prevented from publishing any information concerning the identity of the victims and their statements as well as the identity of their family members.

In view of the above, the High Court has banned all print and electronic media from publishing, telecasting or broadcasting any material relating to the testimony of the victims or any of the witnesses.

Case title:

Bench: Judge M. Dhandapani

Quote: CRL. MP NO. 13621 FROM 2022

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The Madras HC on Friday banned all print and electronic media from publishing, telecasting or broadcasting any material relating to the testimony of the rape victims or any of the witnesses.

The bench of Judge M. Dhandapani said that “The released documents not only identify the victims, but give a verbatim version of the statement they gave to the investigative agency.”

In this case, the petition has been filed to order all forms of media (online/offline/print) to refrain from carrying out any publication/disclosure of the name, address, photographs, details family, neighborhood or any other details, which may have the effect of leading to the disclosure of the identity of rape victims before or after the trial of the case.

The petition was also filed to take strict action against those responsible for ‘Nakkheeran Magazine’ who revealed the identities of victims and other details, including photographs of victims in a heinous gang rape case by their publication. .

Before the Court, after considering the seriousness of the offense committed against innocent children and the depravity with which the said offense alleged to have been committed by the defendants gave instructions for the safeguarding of the identity of the victims and the members of their family for the impartial conduct of the trial.

The bench observed that the print and electronic media thrive on the pulse of the people and the news they convey to its citizens at the earliest determines their place and ranking in the league, but this cannot be the basis for playing with the lives and liberties of citizens and also with the justice delivery system, which is the ultimate savior of the common man.

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The High Court found that the released documents not only identify the victims, but give a verbatim version of the statement they gave to the investigative agency. The above act of publishing the aforementioned documents is not only in bad taste but contrary to the very spirit of the order and constitutes a direct interference in the administration of justice.

The bench said that “The said weekly magazine ‘Nakkheeran’ definitively demands to be involved in this petition as a defendant to justify the necessity of publishing the said material, when it has been specifically held by this Court that the witness protection program must be implemented by the State in the interests of victims and witnesses, which in effect means that the print and electronic media have been prevented from publishing any information concerning the identity of the victims and their statements as well as the identity of their family members.

In view of the above, the High Court has banned all print and electronic media from publishing, telecasting or broadcasting any material relating to the testimony of the victims or any of the witnesses.

Case title:

Bench: Judge M. Dhandapani

Quote: CRL. MP NO. 13621 FROM 2022

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