I Think: We don’t give the victim a place of power

I did not really follow the media in Assam — the news is mostly about politics and it tends to be biased. They don’t talk much about rape or maybe people don’t report it that much. Also, I come from a matriarchal community so maybe there are fewer cases in my town. Or it could be that cases go unnoticed by the media. Continue reading I Think: We don’t give the victim a place of power

‘Journalists must start respecting the laws around reporting on child rape’

On 12 August 2018, the President of India gave his assent to a law that provides for the death penalty for the rape of girls under 12. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2018 is the latest in a series of steps taken by the government to counter sexual violence with harsher punishments. This approach has its merits but misses a crucial point, believes Megha Bhatia, the founder of Our Voix, a youth-led organisation that focuses on the prevention of child sexual abuse. “In our country, we are working on stringent punishments after abuse but no work is being done on primary prevention — intervening before the crime takes place,” says Bhatia, who started the organisation in January 2018. Continue reading ‘Journalists must start respecting the laws around reporting on child rape’