What gag orders on media in sexual abuse trials take away

Although trials in sexual harassment/rape cases have been generally held in-camera as stipulated under section 327(2) of CrPC, some argue that that the blanket ban on media from reporting the trial need not necessarily help the victim always | Illustration - Eunice Dhivya

The trial in the controversial abduction and rape case of a Kerala actress, in which popular actor Dileep is an accused, is nearing completion in a trial court in Ernakulum.

But what has stirred the hornet’s nest recently is the gag order by the trial court — based on the petition of the accused, not the victim.

The case that triggered a storm in Kerala dates back to February 17, 2017, when the actress was allegedly kidnapped and raped by a gang who were allegedly engaged by Dileep.

The assault was......