The Supreme Court today i.e., December 11, 2018, has imposed an absolute bar on media from disclosing the names and identities of victims of sexual assault by taking into consideration the provisions in the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. Section 23 of the POCSO Act, 2012, and Section 228Aof the IPC, 1860 – both of which prohibit the publication of names of victims – and Section 3 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 said that the media cannot disclose the identity of the victims to the public in any manner. POCSO Act, 2012, on websites. Any reports from FSL laboratories or those to be submitted to the Court must be submitted in sealed covers, the Bench held. In addition to the name of the victim, even remote details that can result in disclosing the identity of the victim must be protected, and should not be put in the public domain, the Bench further held. The Bench also ordered that identity of rape victims, who have died, should not be disclosed even if the parents of the victim consent to the same. On the rehabilitation of victims of sexual assault, the Bench directed for setting up of one-stop centres in each district within a period of one year.