June 25, 2019 | 9:34 AM IST

Google, Facebook, Twitter Get Court Notice for Revealing Kathua Rape Victim's Identity

NEW DELHI: On Friday, Delhi High Court issued notice to Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter, and Bing for revealing Kathua-Unnao-Surat rape victim’s identity on social platform. The court will hear the matter on May 29. The direction from acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar came after their Indian subsidiary apprised the bench that they were not the concerned entity to respond to the court’s query. The court observed that several social networking sites were extensively displaying the identity and photographs of the rape victims. The bench said that the entities cannot absolve themselves for such activities and maintained that the law was the same for everyone. "You have done a great disservice to the nation. India has been branded... It is an injustice to the nation and to the victim's family. This kind of publication is not permissible," a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Hari Shankar said. Press Council of India (PCI) has initiated the proceedings on receiving a reference from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting regarding the suo motu cognisance taken by the high court in the Kathua rape case. The hearing will be held on May 29.

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