Keeping in mind the frequency of violence/abuse against children vis-à-vis coverage by the media including social media, this ADVISORY is being issued to re-iterate the role and responsibility of the media, in such cases.
The following provisions of the law may be paid special attention to by the media while reporting cases involving victims of POCSO cases:-
Section (23) of The Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Act, 2012- Procedure for Media.
No person shall make any report or present comments on any child from any form of media or studio or photographic facilities without having complete and authentic information, which may have the effect of lowering his/her reputation or infringing upon his/her privacy.
No reports in any media shall disclose, the identity of a child including his/her name, address, photograph, family details, school, neighbourhood or any other particulars which may lead to the disclosure of the identity of the child unless required in the interest of the child as per the procedure laid down in the Act.
Section 74 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015- Prohibition on disclosure of the identity of children.
No report in any newspaper, magazine, news-sheet or audio-visual media or other forms of communication regarding any inquiry or investigation or judicial procedure, shall disclose the name, address or school or any other particular, which may lead to the identification of a child in conflict with the law or a child in need of care and protection or a child victim or witness of a crime, involved in such matter, under any other law for the time being in force, nor shall the picture of any such child be published unless required in the interest of the child as per the procedure laid down in the Act.
Any contravention of the above provisions is liable to be punished under the Act/ Rules.
The Social Justice and Welfare Department being the administrative department for the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 is concerned about the physical, emotional and mental well- being, of Children in Need of Care and Protection, hence the above provisions are specially re-iterated for media persons.
Child Protection Scheme.