The Delhi Excessive Courtroom has directed the Ministry of Electronics and Info Know-how to behave expeditiously on the grievance of a person who claims that the pictures of his deceased spouse is being wrongly circulated on social media, depicting her because the sufferer of Hathras alleged gang-rape case.
“The respondent no. 1 (Ministry of Electronics and Info Know-how) is directed to look into the grievance of the petitioner and, if the grievance of the petitioner is discovered to be appropriate, act on the identical expeditiously, in any case, inside a interval of three days from the receipt of a duplicate of this order, by issuing essential instructions to the respondent nos. 2 to four (Fb, Twitter and Google) on this regard,” mentioned a single-judge bench of Justice Navin Chawla in its order.
Petitioner Ajay Kumar has said that the photograph of his deceased spouse is being circulated on varied social media platforms, wrongly depicting her because the sufferer of the unlucky incident of gang rape and homicide of a younger lady at Hathras in Uttar Pradesh.
In the course of the listening to, Kumar’s counsel informed the court docket that even in any other case, a revelation of the id of the rape sufferer is an offence below the Indian Penal Code, although within the current matter, the picture of a unsuitable particular person is in circulation.
Senior advocate Sajan Poovayya, showing for social media large Twitter, agreed that the petitioner could make a grievance to the Nationwide Crime Data Bureau and as soon as the knowledge concerning the offending URL is forwarded to Twitter by way of the correct channel referring to this court docket order, the identical could be blocked/faraway from the platform.
Advocates Neel Mason, Ridhima Pabbi and Ekta Sharma, showing for Google, too made comparable submissions, assuring motion as soon as the knowledge concerning the URL of the offending content material is forwarded to it by way of correct channel.
(With IANS inputs)
The court docket has now posted the matter for additional listening to on November 9.