In an apparent violation of the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, the city police have uploaded on their blog details of the molestation of a 10-year-old girl.
The Mangalore police on Wednesday said the girl’s father had filed a complaint at Mulky police station. In the complaint, the girl’s father said that Mustafa, the accused, had asked his 10-year-old daughter to bring a boiled egg from a shop on Monday evening. When the girl brought the egg, Mustafa pulled her inside his house and tried to molest her. The girl bit Mustafa’s hand and escaped. The Mulky police had registered the complaint under Section 354 (outraging modesty of a woman) and had arrested Mustafa.
In the blog, the Mangalore police had revealed the name of the victim and her father. Child Welfare Committee Chairperson Asha Nayak said revealing identity of the minor was in violation of Section 25 of the Juvenile Justice Act that prohibits publication of names of children in conflict with law and of those in need of protection. Giving details of the case on the blog by the police amounted to publication and this attracted penalty.
Ms. Nayak said there had been instances in the past when the city police had violated Section 25 of the Act.