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Section 72 BNS| Section 72 of Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita |Bare Act|Disclosure of identity of victim BNS

Updated: Jun 2

Section 72 of The Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita (BNS):


Disclosure of identity of victim of certain offences, etc.


(1) Whoever prints or publishes the name or any matter which may make known the identity of any person against whom an offence under section 64 or section 65 or section 66 or section 67 or section 68 or section 69 or section 70 or section 71 is alleged or found to have been committed (hereafter in this section referred to as the victim) shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years and shall also be liable to fine.


(2) Nothing in sub-section (1) extends to any printing or publication of the name or any matter which may make known the identity of the victim if such printing or publication is—


(a) by or under the order in writing of the officer-in-charge of the police station or the police officer making the investigation into such offence acting in good faith for the purposes of such investigation; or


(b) by, or with the authorisation in writing of, the victim; or


(c) where the victim is dead or a child or of unsound mind, by, or with the

authorisation in writing of, the next of kin of the victim:


Provided that no such authorisation shall be given by the next of kin to anybody other than the chairman or the secretary, by whatever name called, of any recognised welfare institution or organisation.


Explanation.—For the purposes of this sub-section, “recognised welfare institution or organisation” means a social welfare institution or organisation recognised in this behalf by the Central Government or State Government.


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