Aaradhya Bachchan, granddaughter of Big B, and daughter of actors Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, has moved Delhi HC against YouTube for allegedly spreading false information about her life. In response, the Delhi HC took a strong view of the case, and restrained 9 YouTube channels from sharing content, pertaining to Aaradhya’s life and health.

According to reports, the YouTube channel had been circulating videos claiming that Aaradhya was critically ill, with one video even going so far as to allege that she had passed away. Aaradhya’s legal team argued that these reports violated her privacy and intellectual property rights, as well as the IT Rules 2021.

Appearing before the Delhi High Court, senior advocate Dayan Krishnan painted a picture of a healthy school-going child who had become the target of miscreants seeking publicity.

Justice Shankar, presiding over the case, was appalled by the callous disregard for Aaradhya’s well-being displayed by those circulating fake news. He noted that every child, regardless of their celebrity status, deserved to be treated with respect and dignity. Dissemination of misleading information about a child’s physical and mental health was “completely intolerable in law”.

The court issued notice to all defendants and directed Google LLC, which runs YouTube, to reveal the identity and contact details of the nine entities responsible for the alleged videos.

The Facts of the Matter

In the glitzy world of Bollywood, where glamour and fame are highly coveted, even the children of stars are not immune to the insidious threat of fake news. A recent case involving Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan’s daughter, Aaradhya, has brought to light the growing problem of fake news and its impact on the lives of celebrities and their families.

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11-year-old Aaradhya Moves Delhi HC Over Misinformation

11-year-old Aaradhya has taken a bold stand against a YouTube channel that was spreading false information about her health and life.

The hearing for the case took place on April 20th, with Aaradhya and Abhishek Bachchan represented by senior advocate Dayan Krishnan. He argued that the YouTube channel’s videos breached Aaradhya’s privacy and violated intellectual property rights held by the Bachchan family.

In response, the high court heard a plea from Aaradhya’s father, Abhishek Bachchan, seeking to restrain various YouTube channels from publishing information that discloses details about the family’s private life on the internet, tarnishing their reputation or being defamatory in nature.

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Judge Takes Strong Stance

Justice Shankar, presiding over the case, took a strong stance against the dissemination of false information about a child, stating that “every child is to be treated with honor and respect, be it a child of a celebrity or a commoner.” He described the spreading of misleading information regarding a child’s physical and mental health as “completely intolerable in law.”

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Justice Google Directs Google, Aaradhya Seeks Rs 2 Crore Damage

Justice Shankar directed Google to “immediately proceed to delist and deactivate” the URLs containing the alleged videos and clips. The court also granted notice on the interim application to all the defendants and ordered them to remove any content that could be considered defamatory or harmful to the Bachchan family’s reputation. Finally, Aaradhya sought damages of Rs 2 crore, a sum that the court will determine later.

The court also ordered Google LLC, which runs YouTube, to reveal the identities and contact details of the nine entities operating the channels in question.


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