HC notice to State in homestay case

The High Court on Monday issued notices to Union Information and Broadcasting Department, State government, Mangalore police commissioner and Karnataka Women’s Commission with regard to media coverage of incidents like the recent homestay attack and other such incidents since 2006.

Hearing a public interest litigation by Louis J Pinto of Arise Mangalore, an organisation against moral policing and 23 others, who alleged that the media had deliberatley failed to inform the police, although they were aware of the attacks. The Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and B V Nagarathna said the PIL will be clubbed with similar petitions pending before the court. The case was adjourned.

The petitioner alleged that mediapersons had prior information of attack on the pub in Mangalore in 2006 and even in the homestay attack episode in Padil recently.

Thus, they should be made a party in the cases, as they are equally responsible for the violence unleashed on the victims, the petitioner alleged.

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