The country’s highest child rights agency, NCPCR, on Tuesday sued Facebook officials for failing to respond to the announcement of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Instagram post, which allegedly reveals the identity of a nine-year-old who was “raped and killed.” is.
The latest NCPCR communication with Facebook, which owns the social networking platform Instagram for sharing photos and videos, follows the announcement of action against Rahul Gandhi’s profile for posting a video of the affected family, revealing their identities. is revealed, which is against the law.
“However, no response/action report has been received by you,” the committee said in its follow-up letter.
The committee has now asked Facebook officials to appear in person at the NCPCR office in Janpath or via video conference at 5 p.m. Tuesday, along with details of the action taken.
Previously, the NCPCR had asked Facebook to take appropriate action against Rahul Gandhi’s Instagram profile for alleged violations of the provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act, 2012 and the Indian Penal Code. . Code, and demanded the removal of the video.
Section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, prohibits the disclosure of a child’s identity in any form of media and section 23 of the POCSO Act, 2012, also states that no information or photograph of a child in any form may be published from media that could reveal the child’s identity.
This information under Section 23 of the POCSO Act includes his/her name, address, photo, family information, school, neighborhood or other details that may lead to disclosure of the child’s identity.
On August 4, the National Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (NCPCR) wrote to Twitter asking for action to be taken against Rahul Gandhi’s handle for posting the family’s photo.
The microblogging site blocked Rahul Gandhi’s account after the complaint. Twitter, for its part, has said it followed proper procedure as Rahul Gandhi’s tweet about the girl’s family violated the rules and the law.
A congressional leader said today that the account has now been reinstated.
Gandhi met the nine-year-old girl’s family last week and claimed he is on his way to justice with them and “will not back down”.
He later posted a photo of his meeting with the girl’s parents on Twitter, writing in Hindi: “The tears of the parents say only one thing that their daughter, the daughter of this country, deserves justice. And I am with them. on this road to justice.”
The girl died under mysterious circumstances when she went to get water from a cooler at a crematorium in the Old Nangal district of south-west Delhi. The girl’s parents claimed that she had been raped and that her body had been forcibly cremated by a crematorium priest who had falsely claimed that she had been electrocuted.
Hundreds of residents, including the girl’s parents, have protested near the site of the incident, demanding the death penalty for the accused.