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The Bombay High Court (Aurangabad Bench) recently issued additional guidelines to restrain print/electronic media as well general public, using social media, from publishing information related to Rape Victims that could "directly or indirectly" disclose her identity. The Bench of Justice T.V. Nalawade and Justice M. G. Sewlikar was hearing the plea of one Sangita who is the mother of a rape victim, who sought direction to the Print and Electronic Media that the name or identity of the rape victim should not be disclosed. The Petitioner stated before the Court that despite having the provisions under Section 228-A of the Indian Penal Code and despite having the directions been issued by the Supreme Court in the case of Nipun Saxena and another v. Union of India and others reported in (2019) 2 SCC 703, the Print and Electronic Media are publishing the details of the crime in such a manner that the identity of the victim is invari disclosed.