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Raping the rape victim

Media should not rape the rape victim again. We live in a world of information and in today’ s world, information are such a powerful weapon that can empower or either destroys almost anything. Conveying the news in a right and proper manner is essential and is a must to safeguard the journalists’ ethics and norms under which the right to freedom of press is exercised. Rape is one of the most heinous crimes against women. Protecting the identity of a rape victim is fundamental and first priority when reporting a rape case. There are instances where the rape victim wants to go on record but let’ s keep those aside and focus on the minors (girls). P rotecting identity of a minor who is a rape victim is fundamental and absolute duty of every reporters and news organisation. Even a slightest hint that could lead to identifying the victim should be avoided at all cost. Utmost care must be taken when publishing such incidents. Media should not rape the rape victim again by disclosing her identity as well as by providing vital information which could led her identity known to everyone. Protecting the identity means protecting the identity . Mentioning name of the locality , school the rape victim (minor) attends or mentioning her class in news/ dailies is shocking and unfortunate. And it is a clear violation of the one fundamental rule which is ‘protecting the identity’. The name is not mentioned, alright, but giving away information vital to identifying the victim is same as mentioning the name. Under the Indian P enal Code, identifying a rape victim is an offence punishable with up-to 2 years imprisonment, with or without fine. Under section 21 of the Juvenile Justice Act (Care and P rotection of Children), 2000, publishing, disclosing name, address, school or any other particulars, photographs, etc., which can identify the child, is prohibited. Under the press law guide of The P ress Council of India Journalistic Conduct Norms- No names are to be published or disclosed, no photographs to be used, no particulars leading to identifying the victim be published. Newspapers and other media in Manipur should examine, educate its staffs and equipped themselves with the information and rules with respect to reporting and publishing such crimes against children and women. Let’ s not rape the victim again and again. Protecting identity of minor whether he/she is a victim or the culprit is a must for greater good in their future. News is no longer confined to one place rather everybody has become some sort of a News-feeder with the coming of social media, messengers and the likes. Anybody with a smart-phone now has become news provider to lots on facebook and other social media networks. Just to get a few likes and shares the self proclaimed virtual news providers without a slightest idea of reporting and journalists’ work, writes and feed every bit of information without any censorship to the virtual citizens. And most of the times they are the one who is responsible for ‘public rape’ of a victim and still get away .

(Leader Writer: Vikram Yengkhom)

William Gurumayum

William Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since beginning. A avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue.

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