The Delhi High Court on Wednesday (April 18) ordered a number of media houses that it had arraigned for publishing pictures and the name of the victim of the horrific Kathua rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl from a nomadic tribe to pay Rs 10 lakh each as compensation. The money collected, the court said, would be transferred to a Kammu and Kashmir Compensation Fund, to benefit the family of the victim.
Media houses so arraigned accepted the compensation order. The money will be payable to the court and the court will transfer this amount to the fund.
These media houses published, broadcast the identity of the victim, against established laws that prohibits the media from revealing the identity of rape victims.
Read the Delhi HC judgment here.
– India Legal Bureau