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Refrain from identifying children involved in sexual offences: PCI to media

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Press Council of (PCI) has asked media to refrain from disclosing the identity of children involved in criminal offences and those harassed in sexual offences.

The move comes after the on Friday issued notices to several for disclosing the identity of an eight-year-old girl who was gangraped and killed in Jammu and Kashmir's district.

The girl from the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community had disappeared from near her home in the forests next to Rasana village in on January 10. A week later, her body was found in the same area.

"The PCI has expressed grave concern over the tendency of the media to disclose identity of children involved in criminal offences and harassed in sexual offences," the council said in a release dated April 16.

The release, however, was made public today.

The PCI said the followed up on these reports in violation of internationally accepted norms of journalistic conduct in reporting on minors and children.

It, however, did not mention the rape and killing case specifically.

The PCI has appealed to the media, print and electronic to observe restraint in identification of the accused and the victims, it said.

Such disclosures were not only against the journalistic ethics but also are violate the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, it said.

It also cited norms to ensure to ensure were unbiased, accurate and fair.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 21:55 IST