Facebook has asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to remove an Instagram post that reveals the identity of the Delhi rape victim’s family.
Facebook has issued a notice asking Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to remove an Instagram post that reveals the identity of the Delhi Cantt rape victim’s family.
On August 1, a nine-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped, murdered and forcibly cremated in southwest Delhi, leading to widespread outrage and protest. Rahul Gandhi visited the victim’s family last week and then shared a photograph with them on social media. In the caption of the post, Gandhi wrote he was with the family on their path to justice.
In its letter to Rahul Gandhi, Facebook wrote, “A post you uploaded through your Instagram account is unlawful under Section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015; Section 23 of the POCSO Act, 2012; and Section 288A of the Indian Penal Code. In accordance with NCPCR’s notice, you are requested to remove this post expeditiously.”
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Moreover, Facebook, which owns Instagram, then submitted an action report to the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. The NCPCR had earlier summoned the social media giant over its non-action on the post. However, after this action, the commission has withdrawn its direction to Facebook to appear before them.
Last week, Facebook was asked by the NCPCR to take appropriate action against Rahul Gandhi’s Instagram account over violation of provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, and the Indian Penal Code.
The Section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, prohibits the disclosure of identity of a child in any form of media, and the Section 23 of the POCSO Act states that no information or photo which can reveal the identity of the child should be published in any form of media.
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