Kathua Rape Case: HC Slaps Rs 10 Lakh Fine On Media Houses

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday slapped a fine of Rs. 10 lakhs on each media house who revealed the identity of the Kathua rape-case victim.

The court has decided to transfer the collected amount to Jammu and Kashmir victim’s compensation fund. The court further warned that anyone disclosing rape victim’s identity can be imprisoned for six-month.

The next date of hearing, in this case, is slated for April 25.Earlier on April 13, the High Court issued a notice to various media houses for disclosing the identity of an eight-year-old girl who was gang-raped and killed in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.

The alleged gangrape and murder of the eight-year-old girl, who belonged to the nomadic Muslim community, took place in January. After being missing for a week, her body was found on January 17.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar directed that the compensation amount be deposited with the registrar general of the high court within a week and the money transferred to the Jammu and Kashmir legal service authority’s account to be used for Jammu and Kashmir’s victim compensation scheme.

The bench also directed that wide and continuous publicity be given to the statutory provisions of law regarding privacy of victims of sexual offences and punishment for revealing their identities.

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