Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi’s Twitter account was temporarily suspended a few days back. Now the micro-blogging site has also blocked the official Twitter handle of the Congress party citing violation of rules.
Earlier, the Congress had claimed that the handles of half a dozen senior leaders, including the party’s media chief Randeep Surjewala, have also been closed. On behalf of the party, it was said that the Twitter accounts of party general secretary and former minister Ajay Maken, party’s whip in Lok Sabha Manickam Tagore, Assam in-charge and former union minister Jitendra Singh and Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev have been locked.
Why action on them?
On August 4, Rahul Gandhi had tweeted a photo of the Delhi Cantt rape victim’s family. On this, the microblogging site said that it is a violation of its rules. Twitter had removed that tweet of Rahul.
After this, his account was first temporarily blocked, and later it was locked. Congress leaders did not like this and tweeted the same objectionable photo supporting Rahul. No action has been taken against all such leaders. Congress alleges that Twitter is doing this under pressure from the government.
Children’s Commission had complained to Delhi Police and Twitter
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights had complained to Delhi Police and Twitter regarding this tweet. The commission had sought action against Rahul for posting the picture of the victim’s family. The commission said that this is a violation of the Juvenile Justice Act and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.
Twitter told the court – Rahul violated our policy
In the matter, Twitter told the High Court on August 11 that Rahul had violated the rules. Senior advocate Sajan Poovaiya, appearing for Twitter, told the court that we have removed that tweet, because, it is also against our policy.
The case of Old Nangal village of Delhi Cantt
This case is of the Old Nangal village of Delhi Cantt. Where a 9-year-old Dalit girl, who went to get water from the water cooler of the crematorium, was raped and murdered. In this case 4 people including the priest of the temple located in the crematorium, Radheshyam are accused. The girl’s mother says that the accused also performed the last rites of the girl without her consent.
एक पीड़ित बच्ची के माता पिता की फ़ोटो ट्वीट कर उनकी पहचान उजागर कर #POCSO ऐक्ट का उल्लंघन करने पर @NCPCR_ ने संज्ञान लेते हुए @TwitterIndia को नोटिस जारी कर श्री राहुल गांधी के ट्विटर हैंडल के विरुद्ध कार्यवाही करने एवं पोस्ट हटाने के लिए नोटिस जारी किया है। pic.twitter.com/cVquij6jx3
— प्रियंक कानूनगो Priyank Kanoongo (@KanoongoPriyank) August 4, 2021
What is POCSO Act?
In order to prevent heinous crimes like sexual abuse against boys or girls under the age of 18 years and to give harsh punishment to those who do so, the Central Government has strengthened the law related to child sexual abuse, Protection of Child Sexual Offenses Rules- POCSO ( Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Rules- POCSO), 2020. This law was made in the year 2012, but under the amendments, the provisions related to child abuse were made more stringent.
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