Shame on our Media! Shame on Hindustan Times!
Posted by Sonia C
It’s 2009, and we still report rape crimes in the passive voice. What is the passive voice you say? Here’s a headline on the front page from Hindustan Times that screams sensationally, “24=year-old MBA student gang-raped in Noida”. Why not write a headline that puts the focus on the rapists and not the victim? Why not write `Ten men in Noida gang-rape MBA student’. Here, we want to ask questions about the rapists and not the victim. This is basic decency, as far as ethics go.
I think by putting that big, bold headline, all HT (and most other publications, sadly) did was to create fear among women all over India, leaving the rapists scot-free. I think HT’s editor Vir Sanghvi can shove his new fancy award up his a*** for allowing sicko headlines such as these on the front page. Read more about why `Violence against women is a men’s issue’ on this link http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2008/06/02/jackson-katz-violence-against-women-is-a-mens-issue.
Also, if you are as rattled as I am about this terrible incident, write to Hindustan Times and The Times of India on the following addresses.
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or sms MYVOICE
Do demand that the strictest punishment be meted out to the criminals.