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CW demands FIR be registered against activist Madhu Kishwar

Activist Madhu Kishwar got flak for revealing on social media platforms the name of the girl who alleged that Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal had sexually assaulted her. The National Commission for Women directed the Goa police chief to register an FIR against Kishwar following a complaint by a member of NSUI, Congress’s student wing.

NCW member Shamina Shafiq said, “We have asked the Goa director-general of police to register an FIR and submit an action taken report within a week.”

Kishwar allegedly revealed the girl’s name on her Twitter and Facebook accounts. In a complaint, including photographs of Kishwar’s tweet and Facebook comment where she named the girl, Hasiba Amin, president of NSUI’s Goa unit, approached the NCW.

“I had submitted a written complaint against Madhu Kishwar for revealing the victim’s identity at Goa crime branch. But the Goa police have not registered an FIR. So, I approached the NCW to take necessary action,” said Amin.

Revealing the identity of a victim in cases of sexual assault is a criminal offence under Section 228A of the Indian Penal Code. It is punishable with a jail term of up to two years and a fine.

NCW member Shafiq said, “It is unfortunate that activists like Madhu Kishwar are naming the victim. I appeal to everyone to abstain from doing this in any such case. We need to respect the victim’s dignity. We need to act in a more sensitive manner.”

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