New Delhi: The NCPCR, a child rights organisation, asked the Delhi Police and Twitter on Wednesday to take action after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi posted a photo of the family of a Dalit girl allegedly raped and killed here on the microblogging site, claiming it violated the Juvenile Justice and POCSO Acts.
Gandhi met with the family of the nine-year-old girl on Wednesday, declaring that he is with them on the path to justice and “will not back down even an inch.”
Later, he tweeted a photo of his meeting with the girl’s parents and wrote in Hindi, “The tears of parents can only mean one thing: their daughter, the daughter of this country, deserves justice. And I’m with them on this quest for justice.”
The National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) wrote to Twitter’s resident grievance officer, stating that it had received a complaint that a photo of the victim’s family had been posted on the Twitter handle @Rahul Gandhi with the caption stating that they are the child’s father and mother.
“The faces of the victim’s father and mother can be seen in the said photo, revealing the identity of the girl,” the apex child rights body said.
“As a result, the commission has determined that posting the photo of the minor victim’s family on the said Twitter handle is a violation of Section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, Section 23 of the POCSO Act, 2012, Section 228A of the IPC, and the Hon’ble Court’s guidelines,” it said.
As a result, the complaint is being forwarded to the appropriate authorities for action against the Twitter handle… It also stated that the tweet would be removed from the platform.
The NCPCR also wrote to the Delhi Police, requesting action against Gandhi, alleging that he is in violation of the Juvenile Justice Act, the POCSO Act, and the IPC.
It requested that an action-taken report on the matter from both the Delhi Police and Twitter be sent to the commission within three days.
The move comes after BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra accused Gandhi of violating the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and another juvenile law by tweeting a picture of the girl’s parents, claiming that disclosing any aspect of a rape victim’s identity is illegal.
Patra urged the NCPCR to investigate the matter and summon the Congress leader.
Section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act of 2015 prohibits the disclosure of children’s identities, while Section 23 of the POCSO Act of 2012 outlines the procedure for media coverage of such cases, and Section 228 of the IPC prohibits publishing the identity of a sexual assault or rape victim.
The girl died under mysterious circumstances while going to get water from a cooler at a crematorium in southwest Delhi’s Old Nangal neighbourhood. The girl’s parents claimed she was raped, and her body was forcibly cremated by a crematorium priest who falsely claimed she had been electrocuted.
Hundreds of locals, including the victim’s parents, have staged a protest near the scene of the incident, demanding the convicts face the death penalty. On Monday, police announced that rape charges had been added to the FIR based on the victim’s mother’s statement.
Four people have been arrested, including the priest. The incident has been investigated by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).