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Google, Twitter, FB and YouTube on Delhi HC radar, court issues notice for revealing identity of Kathua rape and murder victim

The High Court said that Google and other social media platforms have brought a bad name to the country by uploading content which revealed the identity of a 8-yr-old rape victim

The Hush Post: The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notices to Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social networking sites for revealing the identity of the Kathua rape and murder victim. The notice was issued after their Indian subsidiaries informed the court that they are not the concerned entities to reply to the court’s notice on disclosing the identity of the victim.

A Bench of acting Chief Justice Geeta Mittal and Justice Hari Shankar said that Google and other social media platforms have brought a bad name to the country by uploading content which revealed the identity of the nomadic 8-yr-old girl who was raped and murdered in Kathua district of Jammu & Kashmir in January this year.

The High Court also observed that the entities cannot absolve themselves of the illegal activities on their websites and that the law was the same for everyone.

Meanwhile, the Bench also provided some relief to some media houses by staying the proceedings initiated by the Press Council of India (PCI) under the Press Council Act for disclosing the identity of the child victim. Earlier the Delhi High Court had slapped a fine of Rs 10 lakh on each media house which had revealed the girl’s identity.

The matter has been listed for further hearing on May 29.

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