Can news channels and papers publish details of children who are victims of sexual crimes?
No, the news channels, papers and other forms of media are not allowed to post any information which might reveal the name of the child or any such detail that might affect the child’s reputation. 1
In case a news channel publishes such information, the owner of the channel will be held responsible along with the employee who revealed the information. Both the owner and the employee can be punished with jail time between 6 to 12 months and/or fine.
However, if the Special Court is of the opinion that revealing such details might benefit the child or in some way, be in his interest, then it can allow the media to publish such details as it may record in writing.
- Section 23, The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012
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