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

दुष्कर्म. And रेप. The paradoxical language of बलात्कार in a Hindi newspaper

There is an international spotlight on India’s ‘rape culture’, and continuing outrage by the Indian media and public about it. And every day, there are stories of rape and sexual violence in the newspapers. But the public reaction is generally one of indifference. Is that because people have seen too many news items about rape? Or is that because of the way in which such news is reported? What impact could the language used to present rape and sexual violence have on the minds of newspaper readers? Continue reading दुष्कर्म. And रेप. The paradoxical language of बलात्कार in a Hindi newspaper

The rapes on Page 9

Few days back, I posted Because I am a student of journalism. Here comes my first story of the project Media Action Against Rape (MAAR) NewsTracker.

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.

How do we decide which incident should receive news coverage, and how much? Why is that most of the rape and sexual violence reported in the news media end up as one-off stories, not moving beyond the ‘breaking news’ stage? Continue reading The rapes on Page 9