Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat, counsel representing the family of the victim in Kathua rape and murder case, has served a legal notice to Zee Hindi News, seeking an apology from the news channel for broadcasting a “false news report tarnishing her image.”
Deepika took strong objection to the program run by Zee Hindi News on 17 April 2018 in which it was hinted that Deepika Singh Rajawat had stayed in Jawaharlal Nehru University, with the innuendo that she had supported anti-national activities, according to the notice.
She denied that she had stayed in JNU.
“At the same time, it is also stated that to draw the inference of anti-national activity from the act of staying in JNU was defamatory to the institution as well. The aforesaid act of your channel Zee News Hindi, which has been done without proper verification of facts, is contrary to the factual position and is in gross breach of journalistic ethics,” the notice says.
“While my client reiterates that she has never stayed at JNU, she nevertheless firmly believes that there cannot be anything remotely wrong in staying in JNU, if ever she did. Your innuendoes and spreading of communal hatred constituted a threat to her life,” states the legal notice issued by advocate Sangeeta Madan on behalf of Deepika Singh.
The “false report” of Zee Hindi News countered the good work being done by her to secure justice for the victim’s family in this case and promoted ill-will and disharmony in society, the notice further stated. Therefore, Zee Hindi News has been called upon to disclose the source of information and to run a corrigendum with an apology for broadcasting false news vilifying Deepika Singh with communal innuendos.