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Rape videos on WhatsApp; SC orders CBI probe, issues notice to Centre

Rape videos on WhatsApp; SC orders CBI probe, issues notice to Centre
“The fact of the matter is that it is a very serious issue and something needs to be done,” the social justice bench of justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit said after going through the contents of the letter written by Hyderabad-based NGO Prajwala to Chief Justice of India H L Dattu.

“Since the first suggestion (of NGO) is for CBI investigation, notice be issued to the Director CBI to register the crime and start investigation with immediate effect,” the bench said.

The NGO, which provided the videos in a pen drive along with the letter to the CJI, said that one video, which is 4.5 minutes long, shows a man raping a girl while another man is filming the heinous act.

The other video, spanning 8.5 minutes, relates to gangrape of a girl by five culprits who have been shown smiling, cracking jokes, making a video and taking photos while they went about sexually assaulting the victim, it said.

The court issued notices to central ministries of Home Affairs and Information Technology and asked the MHA Secretary to “forward the pen drive/DVD” to the CBI Director “forthwith” for the investigation.

Setting up of old age homes: SC seeks Centre’s response on PIL

Supreme Court on Friday sought the Centre’s response on a PIL seeking setting up of old age homes with basic healthcare facilities across the country. A social justice bench comprising justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit issued notice to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the plea and sought its response.

The bench, however, did not issue notice to other respondents including Medical Council of India saying, “Since we are limiting the scope of the petition to setting up of old age homes only, we are issuing notice only to the Health Ministry only.”
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