Court abstains media from reporting details of Unnao rape survivor, family, witnesses

District Judge Dharmesh Sharma issued a slew of guidelines on media reporting including abstaining it from reporting on testimonies of witnesses.

Published: 07th August 2019 07:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th August 2019 09:07 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Wednesday issued an order restraining journalists from reporting the merits of the Unnao rape case.

It also directed media houses not to report the arguments and the deposition of witnesses. This is not the first time that a court restrained the media from reporting a case. In the past, in-camera trials have taken place in many cases, most notably the one related to Nirbhaya.

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District Judge Dharmesh Sharma issued the order as a precautionary step as the survivor was a minor in 2017 when the atrocity allegedly took place.

The court is cautious that any reporting on the matter would lead to the identification of the Unnao woman. Reporting the merits and deposition of witnesses may also lead to some of them changing their statements under media pressure.

The survivor and her lawyer have been shifted to AIIMS  upon the directions of the Supreme Court.

After the apex court ordered the transfer of all five cases related to Unnao rape incident from Uttar Pradesh to the national capital, the court is hearing these cases in which expelled BJP legislator  Kuldeep Sengar is the main accused.  

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