DLSA directs for FIR against sharing pictures of murdered victim

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Mar 18: The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Budgam today directed the Budgam police to lodge FIR against those who shared pictures and revealed the identity of the victim of the shocking Soibugh murder case.
In an order issued, DLSA said that it has been observed that the media and general public have been circulating the videos of the recent victim of Soibugh Budgam, who was murdered brutally.
Moreover, the DLSA stated, the pictures of the victim and the videos of her autopsy have also been uploaded and circulated by a number of persons. “Thereby violating the right to privacy of the victim and her family.”
Such actions of the above persons and agencies, DLSA said, are against the law wherein the identity of the victim is revealed and even her private videos have been uploaded and circulated including the video of the autopsy of the deceased victim, which, it said, is punishable under law.
“As such, the media and general public is informed through the medium of this order to stop revealing the identity of the victim and also circulating her pictures immediately, failing which, the violators shall be booked under law.”
Secretary DLSA Budgam Fauzia Paul told Excelsior that she visited the family of the victim and that they were aggrieved by the circulation of her (victim’s) picture and private videos on social media.
“As such, the order was passed for securing the privacy of the victim and her family and for making the general public aware that such violation is punishable under law. The law forbids the revealing of the identity of the victim and nobody can upload or circulate private videos of the victim,” she said.
The SSP Budgam, as per the order, has been directed to lodge FIR against the persons who have uploaded and circulated the pictures and videos of the Victim.
Further, Special Mobile Magistrate Budgam has been requested to direct the concerned Social Media agencies to remove the pictures and videos of the victim from all social media platforms and also block the accounts of such violators.