State Child Rights Commission Issues Notice To Rahul Gandhi For Disclosing Identity Of Victims

| June 20 , 2018 , 10:54 IST

The Maharashtra State Commission For Protection of Child Rights (MSCPCR) on Tuesday issued a notice to Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Twitter for 'disclosing' the identity of two minor boys who were the victims of assault.

The Congress party president had shared a video on his official Twitter handle on June 15 of Dalit minor boys in a village at the Jalgaon district of Maharashtra who were stripped and beaten for swimming in a well belonging to a farmer. The faces of the boys were clearly visible and they were seen covering their modesty with leaves.

Mumbai resident Amol Jadhav brought to the notice of the MSCPCR President Pravin Ghuge the video, since as per the law, the identity of minor victims cannot be disclosed.

Pravin Ghuge then sent a formal notice to Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of violating sections related to Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act by sharing the video. Notice was also sent to Twitter for allowing the publication of the un-blurred video on its platform.

"I issued notices to Gandhi and Twitter as they have disclosed the identity of victims," Ghuge told PTI.

Rahul Gandhi had shared the video on Twitter blaming BJP and RSS for rising atrocities against backward classes.

Meanwhile, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam dismissed the notice as nonsensical.

"The notice is nothing but bakwaas (nonsense). The notice should have been sent to the Maharashtra chief minister who has failed to protect the rights and dignity of children. Rahul Gandhi simply highlighted this sorry state of affairs," he said.

View the full letter from the Maharashtra State Commission For Protection of Child Rights below: