Congress president Rahul Gandhi is in trouble for sharing a video without concealing the identity of two minor boys who were allegedly being assaulted. The Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights has issued a notice to Rahul Gandhi over the issue on a complaint filed by a Mumbai resident.
President of the commission Pravin Ghuge said he has sought a reply from both Rahul Gandhi and Twitter as to why action should not be taken against them under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. The commission has sought the reply within 10 days. As per the law, identity of minor victims can not be disclosed.
A video purportedly showing two minor boys being stripped and beaten up for swimming in a well belonging to a farmer in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra had gone viral last week.
Gandhi had tweeted about the incident tagging the video, and blamed the BJP and RSS for rising atrocities against backward classes.
Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam dismissed the notice, calling it nonsensical.
"The notice is nothing but bakwaas (nonsense). The notice should have been sent to the Maharashtra chief minister who has failed to protect the rights and dignity of children. Rahul Gandhi simply highlighted this sorry state of affairs," Nirupam said.
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