Hyderabad: Four days after the chilling rape-murder of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao spoke about the crime on Sunday. However, he blurted out the woman’s name to the media.

KCR’s office went a step ahead by publishing the victim’s name in an official release on the incident. As per a Supreme Court order, the protection of a victim’s privacy is a must in rape cases.

While the CM’s statement has come as a solace for the animal doctor’s grieving family and the public at large, the use of her name on a public platform has sparked a controversy.

The Supreme Court order released in January 2019 specifies that no person can print or publish in print, electronic, social media etc, the name of the victim or even in a remote manner, disclose any facts which can lead to the victim being identified and which should make her identity known to the public at large.  It adds that in cases where the victim is dead or of unsound mind, the name of the victim or her identity should not be disclosed even under the authorisation of the next of the kin, unless circumstances justifying the disclosure are considered valid enough by a competent authority, such as the Sessions judge in usual cases. 

The CM has ordered setting up of a fast-track court for the trial of the four accused in the case. In the recent murder of a minor girl in Warangal, a fast-track court had delivered the verdict in just 56 days.

Terming the incident a gruesome and inhuman act, the CM expressed his deep anguish and rued the fact that “the perpetrators of such heinous crimes are living around us”. KCR said his government will extend help to the victim’s family in every possible way.

 

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