On Friday the Hon’ble Supreme Court vehemently criticised the central government regarding their lazy approach in not taking any serious action against the uploaded gang rape videos in the social media network and also the MMS circulating using messengers like WhatsApp. The Social Bench of Justice headed by Justice M.B.Lokur and UU Lalit questioned the Additional Solicitor General, Maninder Singh and blame the Ministry of Home affairs and investigation team that despite of the firm court direction, they had done nothing over the last 20 days.
The direction was issued by the Hon’ble Supreme Court on taking notice of the fact on its own after receiving a letter along with pen drive containing rape videos from the social activist and a gang rape survivor Dr Sunitha Krishnan by the Chief Justice of India. It is she who had uploaded the edited version of the rape video in the YouTube requesting the viewers to identify the rapist. Eventhough the videos shows clearly those five culprits who were engaged in such heinous crime are not yet arrested. The ASG appearing for CBI and MHA answered the bench that 8 FIR filed in one case and in another case preliminary inquiry was going on.
The Court strictly ordered the national agency, CBI to arrest person who uploaded the videos and also asked the DGPs of UP, West Bengal, Odisha and Commissioner Delhi to give necessary support and cooperation to CBI in catching the culprit. “You (CBI) must come hard and pounce upon the person who first uploaded the videos for pleasure of somebody. If you do not catch him then such incidents will keep happening,” said the court.
The Court also imposed fine on Odisha for non appearance of their lawyers on notice and also imposed fine on Telegana for not furnishing the progress details by the state police in relation to the car attack case of Sunitha Krishna.
by Mikky Sudhakaran.