The Supreme Court on Tuesday took strong note of media reporting in the Rewari gangrape case, asking why no action has been taken against media houses for flouting the law as “everything has been said” about the 19-year-old survivor. “Where should we draw the line… We are concerned about the identity of the victim,” a bench of justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.
The apex court made the observations while dealing with a plea challenging a Patna High Court order restraining the media from reporting on the investigation into the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, where several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused over time.
File photo of a protest against a rape. PTI
The bench said: “There are certain problems. Recently, there was a case of a girl being raped in Rewari (in Haryana). They (the media) say she was a topper in a CBSE exam. A topper means one person, not 20 people. So identifying her is not a problem.”
“Secondly, I have seen on TV channels that they have talked to her father. The camera was placed behind the father. But there are 50 people from the village standing in front of him. So they know who she is. In a situation like this, where is the question of anonymity?” Justice Lokur asked senior lawyer Shekhar Naphade, who was appearing for the petitioner.