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Media organizations that report on a child sexual abuse case have a legal duty to make sure that the information they share is correct and that they do not publish any private information about the child.
They must protect the child’s privacy and refrain from publishing the child’s1:
- family details,
- neighbourhood, or
- any other particular which may reveal the identity of the child, otherwise, they can be punished under this law.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has introduced a User Handbook that, among other helpful tools, provides suggestive guidelines for the media reporting cases of child abuse.0
- Section 23(2), The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.