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Child rights body asks Punjab Police not to disclose identity of minor victims

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

The Punjab State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (PSCPCR) on Tuesday took a stern view of the fact that photos of minor victims along with police officers are being published in newspapers and electronic media.

The Commission has observed that the identity and other particulars of victims are also being disclosed, which may entail the real risk of children facing harm, stigma and retribution.

The Commission has made it clear that it is a blatant contravention of Section 74 of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. The Commission has issued directions to implement Section 74 of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.

The Commission has prohibited the identification of minor victims  in any newspaper, magazine or other forms of communication regarding any inquiry or investigation or judicial procedure.

The child rights body has said that it may lead to the identification of a child and directed the police officers to not disclose any record of the child for the purpose of character certificate or otherwise in cases where the case has been closed.

The Commission also made it clear that any person violating the provisions, shall be punished with six months imprisonment or will be penalised with a fine which may extend to Rs two lakh or both.