Response sought on sexual offenders

By Moderator July 30, 2019 12:14


The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the Centre on a plea to frame guidelines to protect the reputation and dignity of persons accused in sex offence cases.

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  • A Bench led by Justice S.A. Bobde issued notice to the government on a clutch of petitions, including one by Youth Bar Association of India, arguing that a person is considered innocent unless proven guilty by a court of law and undertrials in sex offence cases should not be exposed to any situation which violate their right to life and dignity.
    • If a person has been falsely accused, his reputation is lost forever and exposed to public ridicule for no fault of his.
    • This is a violation of the fundamental right to life enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution, the petitioner argued.
  • Disclosure of his identity, especially during trial, leads to media trial. Besides, considering the widespread tentacles of social media, the person’s name and even that of his family, which may include minors, would be exposed.
    • This would be a violation of their fundamental right to privacy.


By Moderator July 30, 2019 12:14