During the hearing of a plea against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his tweet allegedly sharing the identity of a rape victim’s family, Twitter India on Wednesday informed the Delhi High court that they had removed the tweet of Mr. Gandhi and locked his account.
The petition was filed, seeking legal action against Gandhi for posting photographs of the rape victims’ family.
Representing Twitter, Senior Advocate Sajan Poovayya, told the court that the tweet has already been deleted since it was in violation of the site’s policy. Hence Gandhi’s account has also been locked, he added.
After taking note of Twitter’s submission, the division bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh have adjourned the matter for September 27.
The petitioner, Makarand Suresh Mhadlekar, a social activist, seeks directions to Delhi Police to take legal action against Mr Gandhi under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and section 23(2) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, “both of which mandate that the identity of a child victim of a crime shall not be disclosed.”
The petition filed through advocates Gautam Jha, Shweta Jha and Pankaj, said, “The law in this regard is very well-settled in a catena of judgments including in the case of Nipun Saxena vs Union Of India wherein it was held by the Supreme Court, that the name, address, school or other particulars, which may lead to the identification of the child in conflict with law/victim, cannot be disclosed in the media.”
The plea further contends that, no picture of such child, or any such particular which can directly or indirectly disclose her identity, can be published. “A child who is not in conflict with the law but is a victim of an offence, especially a sexual offence, needs this protection even more.”