A three-judge Bench of Supreme Court comprising of Justice Ashok Bhushan, Vineet Saran and M.R. Shah took strong objections to a Sessions Court Judgment where the names of rape victim is mentioned.
The Bench held that every one the subordinate courts should lookout to not reveal the identity of a rape victim in any Proceedings.
The plea was preferred by a rape convict, sentenced by the court to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment for the rape of a minor girl under Sectio3n 76(1) and 342 of the Indian code , affirmed by the Chattisgarh high court .
Section 228A of the Indian code , 1860 relates to disclosing the identity of the victim of certain offenses etc. the availability lists the circumstances under which one can legally name and publish the identities of the rape survivors, leaving the choice on adult victims.
It is a cognizable, bailable and non-compoundable offense triable by any magistrate with a punishment of upto two years and fine.
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