SC examines PIL to secure identity of sex crimes accused

The petition highlighted the lacuna in section 228-A of Indian Penal Code which provides punishment for disclosing the identity of the victim but not of the accused.

Published: 30th July 2019 09:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th July 2019 09:05 AM   |  A+A-

Supreme Court

Supreme Court (File Photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre on a PIL seeking guidelines to protect the identity, reputation and integrity of those accused of sexual offences till the completion of the probe. A bench headed by Justice S A Bobde asked the government to respond to the PIL filed by Youth Bar Association of India.

The petition highlighted the lacuna in section 228-A of Indian Penal Code which provides punishment for disclosing the identity of the victim but not of the accused. It said the identity of accused should also be kept under wraps unless convicted since the reputation of the accused is lost forever even if acquitted.
The petition stated that often people falsely implicated in such cases are pushed to commit suicide, while family members of the accused face social stigma.

“Some preventive measures must be taken so as to avoid and to deal with such situations in the interest of justice,” said the petition. Asserting that maintaining the right to reputation was an integral part of right to life and liberty guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution, the PIL said baseless allegations of sexual harassment tarnished the image, repute and goodwill of a person in the society, adversely affecting his life even if he was found to be innocent later.

The petition urged the court to frame certain guidelines like it did in Vishaka Guidelines to protect the integrity of victims of sexual harassment and social stigma.

The SC issued notice to Centre and Bar Council of India on a plea seeking to formulate a scheme towards social security measures for women advocates. The plea asked for measures such as life insurance, and mediclaim for loss of income on account of maternity leave.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp