COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore rural police on Saturday arrested Ramesh of Velandipalayam, editor of vernacular daily Seithi Saaral, for revealing the identity of a victim in a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act case.
On July 13, a Pocso case was registered by the Pollachi all-woman police against S Babu, 26, of Zamin Uthukuli near Pollachi for raping and impregnating a minor girl. He also faces five assault cases.
Babu, who was married to the victim, was booked under Section 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage etc.,) of the Indian Penal Code, sections 5 (l), (j) (ii) read with 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and Section 9 of the Prohibition of Child Marriage act. The police arrested him and remanded him in judicial custody.
A news article was published in the vernacular daily on July 15 with the identity of the minor and her family.
The victim’s father was granted permission by the district Mahila court to file a complaint against the editor of the vernacular daily. Following which, a case was registered against Ramesh of Velandipalayam under sections 23 (1) (no person shall make any report or present comments on any child from any form of media or studio or photographic facilities without having complete and authentic information, which may have the effect of lowering his reputation or infringing upon his privacy), 23 (4) (punishment for making a report on a child) and 74 ( no report in any newspaper, magazine, news-sheet or audio-visual media or other forms of communication regarding any inquiry or investigation or judicial procedure, shall disclose the name, address or school or any other particular, which may lead to the identification of a child in conflict with the law or a child in need of care and protection or a child victim or witness of a crime) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.
He was arrested by the police on Saturday. However, he was granted bail.

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