New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked all the print, electronic and social media not to publish or display photos of victims of sexual abuse even in blurred or morphed form in any case across in the country.
The apex court also warned against interviewing minor victims of sexual abuse saying it has serious mental impact. It asked the Centre to apprise it on steps proposed to be taken to prevent sexual abuse of minors in shelter homes across country.
It said that victims of child sex abuse can only be interviewed by members of National Commission For Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and State Commissions For Protection of Child Rights in presence of counsellors.
The apex court also pulled up the Delhi Commission for Women for trying to intervene in the Bihar shelter home case and said that no politics should be involved in the matter.
Over 30 girls were allegedly raped at the shelter home run by Brajesh Thakur, the chief of the state-funded NGO. The alleged sexual exploitation of the girls was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by TISS to the state’s social welfare department in April. An FIR was lodged against 11 people, including Thakur, on May 31.
The probe has now been taken over by the CBI. In all, sexual abuse of 34 inmates out of 42 was confirmed in their medical examination, while two others who were unwell were yet to undergo medical tests.
The TISS audit report stated that many girls at the shelter home had complained of sexual abuse. A special investigation team was formed to probe the complaints. The NGO running the shelter home in Muzaffarpur was blacklisted and the girls were shifted to shelter homes in Patna and Madhubani.
SC said that victims of child sex abuse can only be interviewed by members of National Commission For Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and State Commissions For Protection of Child Rights in presence of counsellors.
Deoria shelter home rape case: Missing girls will be found within 48 hours, says Rita Bahuguna Joshi
- UP women and child welfare minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi, on Tuesday, said that the 18 girls missing from the Deoria shelter home would be found within 48 hours. Their whereabouts are still unknown to police officials but the UP minister sounded hope that they would be located soon. The Deoria shelter home was raided by UP police on Sunday.
- Joshi said that a high-level team had been sent to Deoria. The statements of the children have been recorded and documents examined.
UP shelter home case: Rajnath says no culprit will escape action
- With opposition parties raising serious concern over the alleged sexual exploitation of girls at a children’s shelter home in Uttar Pradesh, home minister Rajnath Singh has declared that no culprit would escape action.
- Singh also told the Lok Sabha that two senior officials of the state government were probing the matter.
- Opposition members raised the issue and referred to a similar incident at Muzaffarpur in Bihar.
- ‘No culprit will escape action’, Singh said, adding that the state government has taken quick action in the case. He described such incidents as unfortunate, sad and shameful. On the action taken, he said the district administrative officer has been suspended and the manager of the shelter home as well as her husband have been arrested.