NCPCR asks Facebook to take action against Rahul Gandhi’s Instagram profile

Last week, Gandhi had met the nine-year-old girl’s family and asserted that he was with them on the path to justice and would not “back down even an inch.”

On Friday, after Twitter, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) asked Facebook to take action against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Instagram profile for uploading a photo of the family of the nine-year-old victim of rape and murder in southwest Delhi, saying it violated the law.

The NCPCR asked the microblogging site on August 4 to take action against the handle of Gandhi for posting the family’s photo. Following the complaint, Twitter immediately blocked Gandhi’s account.

In a letter to Facebook, the NCPCR wrote it came across a video uploaded on Instagram by Gandhi wherein the identity of the deceased girl’s family had been disclosed. The faces of her parents were visible in the video, which violated the prescribed provisions of law.

The Commission has demanded Facebook to take appropriate action against Gandhi’s Instagram account over violation of provisions of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, and the Indian Penal Code along with the removal of the video from the platform.

“Therefore, posting of the video of the minor victim’s family on social media platform-Instagram has been observed by the Commission to be a violation of Section 74 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, Section 23 of the POCSO Act, 2012, Section 228A of the IPC and the guidelines of the Hon’ble Court as well”, the NCPCR added.

Hundreds of people, including the minor girl’s family, have been staging a protest near the incident’s site, demanding capital punishment for the accused men.

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