Congress leader Rahul Gandhi received a notice from Facebook. The notice has asked Rahul Gandhi to remove one Instagram post that revealed the identity of the family of the Dalit rape victim.
A nine-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped and forcibly cremated in Delhi. The incident has led to outrage among the citizens of India.
Rahul Gandhi was among the several politicians who visited the victim’s family. He met with the family and assured them justice. Posting a photograph from the meet on social media, he assured the family that he would help them seek justice.
In Facebook’s letter, it was mentioned that the post made by Rahul Gandhi is unlawful under Section 288A of the Indian Penal Code; section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act of 2015, Section 23 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
Section 23 states that the information or photo of a victim child shouldn’t be published on any media platform.
Section 74 states that per the Juvenile Justice Act of 2015, the disclosure of the child’s identity is prohibited on all social media.
They had forwarded notice received on August 10 by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). The notice requested Rahul Gandhi to remove the post.
A notice was issued to Facebook by NCPCR, asking them to notify Rahul Gandhi to remove the post. In the letter notice, Facebook mentioned that the correspondence followed the statement issued on August 16.
However, Facebook failed to respond to the letter. On August 13, NCPCR again issued a notice to Facebook and asked them to appear before the NCPCR through video conference.
The notice stated that the commission had taken cognizance of the video posted by Rahul Gandhi on his Instagram page.
The post revealed that the identity of the minor girl’s family is a violation of several law provisions. The matter was raised with Facebook and urged the platform to take concrete actions.
However, after three days, there’s no reply from Facebook or action taken on the post. It also stated that according to the law, Facebook has to appear before NCPCR via video-conferencing on August 17 at 5 pm and explain actions taken and the reason for the delay in response.
NCPCR mentioned that if Facebook fails to comply with the order without any lawful excuse, they’ll face the consequences mentioned in Code of Civil Procedure (CrPC) rules 10 and 12 of Order XVI.
Rahul Gandhi had released a youtube video accusing Twitter of interfering in national politics. Twitter had earlier temporarily suspended the account of Rahul Gandhi and several other Congress members on the notice of NCPCR for sharing and reposting the photograph of the family online. After his account was restored, Congress tweeted, “Satyameva Jayate.”