I was curious about the framework of this media house where the reporters were limited to the served 'truth' they were being fed by social media.
In its reportage of gender-based violence, the media often contributes to a rape culture where perpetrators get away with impunity.
With so many options available, it is about time that the media step out of the sensationalist and medieval images that it uses in its rape reportage.
To say the least, Indian media has failed on the very soul of it. To be ‘the voice of public and not only present truth to public but also speak truth to power’ is what the heart and soul of such journalism.
Pune-based queer activist Bindumadhav Khire talks about the media reportage of sexual violence in the LGBTQ+ community.
India has many known and unknown women who have succumbed to bhaya and the birth of every Nirbhaya makes bhaya stronger and mightier.
Every day, there occurs an undetermined number of incidents of rape and sexual violence across India. But only a small proportion of these are reported to the police, and of these, not every incident makes it into the newspapers.
The sensationalism that this case has garnered, which has been fuelled by the media, does not push for this self-critical public conversation that our country needs.
The media often refuses to term gender-based violence what it is. By using allusions and euphemisms rather than its correct terminology, it runs the risk of reducing the gravity of the crime, and negating survivors’ experiences of the trauma it can cause.
When the media professionals interview survivors of gender-based violence, they must keep in mind that they are asking survivors or their families to recount an extremely traumatic experience.