The All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA) will submit a memorandum to Chief Justice of India S.H. Kapadia to protest against a report published in the January 7 edition of the Times of India that had “lurid and objectionable” details of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report on the Aarushi Talwar double murder case. The Association will demand action against the newspaper for carrying this report defaming and maligning the young girl's character and will appeal to the CJI to act against those responsible for the CBI report.

‘Graphic and gory’

The article, titled “Hemraj-Aarushi intimacy proved fatal,” blatantly highlights the name of a young girl, along with descriptions of her alleged sexual behaviour, and the alleged actions of her mother, which are graphic, and gory, and have not been proved in court, a statement issued by Shyamali Gupta, AIDWA president, and Sudha Sundararaman, general secretary, has said.

“The publicising of a CBI report on such a sensitive matter relating to a young child of 14 years, who has been done to death, violates all norms of decency. It casts aspersions on Aarushi's character and defames her. This is patently against the law,” the statement said.

“Those responsible for this leakage must be held accountable for their action. The publicity given to such a report by a reputed newspaper like The Times of India is also highly objectionable,” the AIDWA statement added.

When asked, The Times of India executive editor Arindam Sengupta refused to comment on the AIDWA statement or on the alleged defamation.

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