• Monday, August 15, 2022


India court fines media for publishing name of rape victim

Indian Muslim women hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the recent rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, in Chennai (Photo by: ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Lauren Codling

An Indian court on Wednesday (18) ordered 12 media companies to pay $15,000 each to a compensation fund for victims of sexual violence after they published the name of an eight-year-old girl who was gang raped and murdered. Indian law prohibits the naming of rape victims, even after they have died, because of the stigma attached to the crime. The New Delhi High Court ordered each firm to pay one million rupees within a week to be used for a compensation scheme for sexual assault victims. The law provides for a jail term of two years along with a fine…

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