It is illegal to print or publish the name or any matter which may make known the identity of the rape victim. The punishment for doing so is imprisonment for 2 years and fine.
The identity of the victim can only be revealed in the following circumstances:
- For the purpose of an investigation under the order of the officer in charge of the police station or police officer.
- By the victim herself or with the authorisation in writing of the victim.
- Where the victim is either dead, a minor or of unsound mind, by or with the authorisation in writing of the next of kin of the victim.
If the authorisation is given by an outside body then it has to be from the chairman or the secretary of any recognised welfare institution or organization.
Note: A person will need the permission of the court even in publishing or printing any matter relating to a rape case in the court. If the person does it without permission, then the punishment for this is imprisonment of up to two years and a fine.0