Thursday, December 3, 2020
Home Media NCPCR writes to Delhi Police asking to investigate complaints against Barkha Dutt for revealing...

NCPCR writes to Delhi Police asking to investigate complaints against Barkha Dutt for revealing identity of infant victim in Delhi riots

A complaint was filed with NCPCR against Barkha Dutt by Forum for Indigenous Rights-North East, while another complaint was filed by Delhi Legal Forum

Trouble mounts for controversial journalist Barkha Dutt as the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights have asked the Delhi Police to investigate the matter of her revealing the identity of an infant, a victim of the Delhi riots. NCPCR wrote to Delhi police after complaints were filed against her, accusing her of violating Section 74 of the Juvenile Act which makes disclosing identities of minor criminals and victims a criminal offence.

A complaint was filed with NCPCR against Barkha Dutt by Forum for Indigenous Rights-North East, while another complaint was filed by Delhi Legal Forum. The complaints mentioned that by revealing the name of the infant, Barkha had jeopardised the safety of the victim and the victim’s family. Delhi Legal Forum also sent the complaint to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The forum urged the authorities to take exemplary action against Dutt and asked Twitter India to suspend her Twitter account.

The complaint was then forwarded by the National Commission for Protection of Children Rights (NCPCR) to the Deputy Commissioner of the Delhi Police, asking to enquire into the matter and to send an action taken report along with relevant documents within 10 working days of receiving the letter.

The complaint mentions that Barkha Dutt posted a tweet on March 16, 2020, revealing the identity of the infant victim, including photograph. In her post, Barkha says how a 10-months-old infant, who was carried by her parents in their car, was eaten by sticks and hurled on the road on February 24 during the Delhi riots. She also added that the victim’s collar bone was broken along with sharing the heart-rending pictures of the infant.

When one of the Twitter users highlighted that it might be a gross violation of the infant’s privacy according to law, Dutt brazened it out, citing parent’s consent in publishing the photographs of the infant and claiming that some of the most iconic photos of Bhopal Gas Tragedy were of child victims.

It may be noted that section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 makes it clear that the identity of a minor, be it an accused in a crime or a victim, the identity can’t be revealed. The law does not say that the identity can be revealed with the consent with parents, there is no such provision in the Act. A case in this regard is Nirbhaya, whose mother had revealed the real name of her daughter, and had wished that the real name is used, but still, media was not allowed the use the name and forced to continue with other names like Nirbhaya. The Bhopal gas tragedy happened before the provisions prohibiting identity of minors were inserted into the law. Therefore Barkha Dutt’s defence that no action was taken after the photos of child victims of the tragedy were published may not hold ground.

Read- Barkha Dutt violates Twitter rules, the social media platform bans rightwing account who had quote tweeted it instead

In addition to the complaint against Barkha Dutt, taking cognisance of a complaint filed by the Legal Rights Observatory group, the National Commission for Protection of Children Rights also wrote a letter addressed to the District Magistrate, South East Delhi, to raise the matter of the assembly of people including children and infants in Shaheen Bagh protests while the threat from the spread of coronavirus looms across the country.

In the letter, the NCPCR ordered the District Magistrate to take necessary action and implement advisories issued by the central government and the Arvind Kejriwal government regarding the coronavirus at Shaheen Bagh protests where children and infant are exposed to the threat of the lethal virus.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Darshan Pal, the coordinator of the farmer protests, was a founding member of Maoist organisation PDFI. Read details

Darshan Pal, who demanded special parliament session to repeal farm laws, was convenor of 51-member executive committee of Maoist group PDFI

Even pandering doesn’t get India Today a free pass: Here is why ‘liberals’ are today cancelling Rajdeep and Rahul Kanwal

'Liberals' are cancelling India Today, Rajdeep Sardesai and Rahul Kanwal over their coverage of the allegations against Shehla Rashid

Raut gives bizarre analogy trying to defend party after Azan row: Here are 4 things that he could have meant

Sanjay Raut came up with an absurd analogy in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana to ward off criticism over azaan recitation competition

The return of ‘Award Wapsi’: As farmers protest continue, former Punjab sportspersons want to return awards

Punjab sportspersons have claimed that they will go to Delhi on 5th December and put their awards outside Rashtrapati Bhavan

Indonesian radical Muslims change words of Azan from ‘hurry to the prayer’ to ‘rise up for Jihad’: Here is what happened

A verse of the chant, which originally means “hurry to the prayer”, has been changed to “hayya alal jihad”, or “rise up for jihad” in Azan

Kangana Ranaut served legal notice for mistaking an elderly woman in farmer protests for Bilkis Bano of Shaheen Bagh

Kangana Ranaut had commented on Twitter that the Shaheen Bagh Dadi was available on hire for appearing in protests. She had deleted her tweet later.

Recently Popular

Indian man proposes to his Australian girlfriend during Ind vs Aus cricket match, here is what happened next

While India's performance has been below par, netizens found happiness in the unusual proposal that became the highlight of the match.

Yogi snubs Trudeau, deputes bureaucrats to welcome the Canadian PM

The Canadian PM seems to be getting differential treatment

Indian Idol contestant reveals how she faced opposition from conservative Muslim society as singing is ‘not allowed’

The Indian Idol contestant revealed how women in her society are looked down upon if they try to excel in any field.

Ex-Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj Singh joins Farmer’s protests, justifies “Indira thok di” comment

Multiple videos of Yograj Singh, Yuvraj Singh's father, have gone viral on social media where he has been giving provocative speeches amid the ongoing farmer protests

Shiv Sena to organise Azaan recitation competition, party leader calls it as important as ‘Maha Aarti’

Shiv Sena is to bear the cost of the event and will also reward the contest winners.

Instead of answering allegations, Shehla Rashid decides to run away from a live show, calls her father ‘greedy’

Shehla Rashid, JNU student leader, has been accused by her biological father Abdul Rashid Shora, of taking Rs 3 crore from terror funding accused Zahoor Vatali and Rashid Engineer.

Darshan Pal, the coordinator of the farmer protests, was a founding member of Maoist organisation PDFI. Read details

Darshan Pal, who demanded special parliament session to repeal farm laws, was convenor of 51-member executive committee of Maoist group PDFI

Govt of India orders Wikipedia to remove an image showing wrong map of Jammu and Kashmir

This matter was flagged by a Twitter user asking government to take action against Wikipedia for displaying a wrong map of India

‘Jinnah did everything that is banned in Islam’: Images of alcoholic drink ‘Ginnah’ named after Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah go viral

A photo of a gin bottle 'Ginnah', eponymously named after Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, has gone viral on social media websites

Even pandering doesn’t get India Today a free pass: Here is why ‘liberals’ are today cancelling Rajdeep and Rahul Kanwal

'Liberals' are cancelling India Today, Rajdeep Sardesai and Rahul Kanwal over their coverage of the allegations against Shehla Rashid

Pro-AAP blogger Dhruv Rathee wants foreign interference in country’s internal matters to offer Indians a solution

Dhruv Rathee claimed that India’s institutions have already been hijacked and have become puppets at the hands of Modi government

Captain Amarinder Singh hits out at Arvind Kejriwal, Kejriwal hits back but ends up making no sense: Read what happened

Arvind Kejriwal accused Amarinder SIngh of playing 'low level politics', after Singh slammed him for notiyig a farm law they are opposing

Yogi Adityanath responds to Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, busts claim about UP wanting to take film city away from Maharashtra

CM Yogi had announced that country's biggest Film City would be established at Gautam Buddh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh.

Raut gives bizarre analogy trying to defend party after Azan row: Here are 4 things that he could have meant

Sanjay Raut came up with an absurd analogy in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana to ward off criticism over azaan recitation competition

Zombie Mink: Hundreds of mink carcasses emerge from the burial trenches in Denmark after mass-culling exercise

Dubbed as Zombie mink, the farm mink that were culled to prevent Covid-19 outbreak have 'emerged from their graves' in Denmark.

The return of ‘Award Wapsi’: As farmers protest continue, former Punjab sportspersons want to return awards

Punjab sportspersons have claimed that they will go to Delhi on 5th December and put their awards outside Rashtrapati Bhavan

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
492,264FollowersFollow
20,300SubscribersSubscribe