DELHI: Even as the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA)
notified new guidelines on reportage of sexual abuse, a Delhi
court on Monday restrained the media from reporting on the
court proceedings in the Delhi gang rape case and directed
court order came soon after the police refused to produce
the five of the six accused before the metropolitan magistrate
as a huge crowd of journalists, lawyers and onlookers packed
the courtroom in the Saket district court premises.
court said it would not hear the case unless the crowd dispersed.
Metropolitan magistrate Namrita Aggarwal said there was no
space in the courtroom to present the five accused and left
for her chamber. Around 40 security personnel were also deployed
inside the courtroom for security.
gang-rape and the subsequent death of the girl has led to
agitations all over the country. Zee News is also facing a
case for telecasting an interview of the girl's friend, who
too was brutally assaulted on 16 December.
to the controversy, a foreign publication has published the
girl's name by claiming that they had the permission from
the girl's father to do so. However, according to reports,
the girl's father has denied having given permission to any
foreign media house to reveal his daughter's name.
lawyers, Krishan Nautiyal and Neeraj Kumar, representing media
reporters told the court that Delhi Police had issued an advisory
to the media not to report the court proceedings. "They
have no power to issue such kind of advisory to media,"
the lawyers said.
court said it would not pass any order on that; an order would
be passed if the prosecution filed an application.