the problem with the indian english language media is that if it gets a news it feeds on it for weeks. this time the media have re discovered its passion long forgotten since the jessica lal case – “fighting for justice for the north indian urban upper middle class”.
the ruchika murder/suicide and the following cover up was one of the shameful incidents done in the confines of our system, which boasts of equal rights for all. its pity that the police officer who is said to have molested the girl got a minisculest verdict that he deserved . it’s the duty of the media to fight for justice and we must all fight against such inherent problems in our system and try to make it perfect.
my point here is that the so-called third eye of the society fights its battles only for a particular strata . the criterion are –
1.the victim be from the punjabi north or goa( tourist or catholic native). who can fluently speak english.
2. from upper middle class , that is who can tweet,use face book et al.
3.the perpetuator from a powerful background.if politician the best. so that they can chant all the anti politician slogans.
4.the family/friends of the victim able to conduct rang de basanti type candle light vigils.
some of you who chance up on this article must have gotten hyper by now so for them I like to give an example for the injustice of media justice.
in kerala there were two such cases involving rape(even serial rape) and murder . that too of girls of the same age as ruchika’s. one of them anakha- a brahmin girl from poor background was raped by people who were having connections with many prominent politicians in kerala. the girl and her family committed suicide that is how the whole story came out in open. the malayalam media was very active in finding the truth but their smaller reach meant smaller effect. the story slowly died down , no one except some scape goats were arrested.the other case is of shari ,with some of the same people involved.
had anakha or shari be born to some rich punjabi family their justice would have been done by now. in anakha’s case the culprits killed a whole family,is anakha’s justice less important than ruchika’s , why isnt the english media taking up its arms for the victim? or asking the home minister of the country(that too for a state matter) the all important “questions”. the answer can be found in the above mentioned criteria.
there are many unheard anakhas or sharis in other parts of the country the culprits in their cases may not be big guns , they may be a zamindar or a petty police constable. so the media must widen its area of vision to incorporate all of india, not just focussing on one core group. the middle class anger against the system must be also be diverted to the fight for justice of these poor lads too .
the ctn I started must be taken up urgently or we as people will fail these hundreds of unknown ruchikas .