- A petition has been filed by Youth Bar Association of India in the Supreme Court to frame guidelines to protect the reputation and dignity of persons accused of sexual offences.
- The petition has highlighted that a person was considered innocent unless proven guilty by a court of law. It has further stated that Sec-228A of the Indian Penal code (IPC) provides punishment for disclosing the identity of the victims but does not provide any safeguard for protection of the identity and integrity of the accused in case of false accusation.
- It has contended that if a person was falsely accused, his reputation would be lost forever and exposed to public ridicule and this would be a violation of Right to live with dignity as guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.
- It has also highlighted that disclosure of an accused’s identity, especially during trial would lead to media trials and expose identity of him and his family on social media. This is a violation of a person’s fundamental right to privacy as guaranteed under Article 21.
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