College girls file online petitions against moral policing by TV channels.
“… India’s TV news channels are running a dubious campaign that invades the freedom of women in the country, according to petitions filed by girls of a Hyderabad college on change.org.” [Link]
Sandhya shared these links and asked: Girls retaliate this time. But will the lectures on culture ever stop?
“11.4.2013 – Students from NALSAR University of Law were throwing a private farewell party for the final year students at Rain, Road No. 2, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad. The party began at 7.00-8.30 pm. The students were checked for age proof at the entrance. The party ended at 10:30 pm and the the students cleared out by 11:00 pm.
While the students were leaving, they noticed a man standing and pointing his camera at them continuously. His behavior was perceived as suspicious by everyone who had noticed him and hence one of the girls there asked the man what he was doing. He immediately began to hide his camera and avoid them. They then demanded that he hand over the video.He handed over a phone to them; however, the instrument had no memory card or video.
A mob began to gather as did the van of the news channel ABN Andhra Jyoti. While they were arguing with the man in question and his accomplices and explaining the situation to the police personnel on the spot, the camera from the above mentioned news channel was constantly filming them which caused greater agitation. The cameraman pestered them even though they were getting into the cab to leave. Further, he followed two of them upto the cab and forced his camera through the window, thus preventing them from leaving.
12.4.2013 – At approximately 6.00 a.m., TV9, a local news channel, ran a concocted news story using the video taken the night before. In their version, most of what the students were saying was censored out. Hence the reason for the fight was not recorded at all. The students were displayed as under-aged girls who were drunk and were creating a ruckus. The girls were neither drunk nor under-age. The time of the incident was reported to be around 1.30 am, which was wrong. The entire incident had wound up by 11.45 p.m. The video also blurred out parts of the girls’ bodies alongside commentary about their participation in illegal activities. Further, the intrusiveness and totally unrelated questions thrown by the cameraman clearly indicate that their purpose was not to provide actual news, but to manufacture sensational content by antagonizing a group of girls who were already trying to handle a bad situation.” [From the petitions, linked below]
“… this isn’t an isolated incident. It seems for local news channels running stories about ‘drunk’ women outside pubs is an excellent TRP magnet. Of course, the stories have a Aaj kal ki naari angle attached to them and wax eloquent about the morals of the women in question. The incident brings to mind the shocking video footage of what happened in Guwahati where a girl was molested by a mob while a television crew recorded the whole act. In fact in the Guwahati incident it was alleged that the media played a role in inciting the mob and was itself running a story on ‘anti-pub culture.’ As we had noted on Firstpost earlier, this was how the channel played out the story initially, “Angered by the fracas caused by two inebriated girls on the busy GS Road, people beat up the duo this evening to teach them a lesson. They even went to the extent of tearing the clothes of one of them.” Of course, later the same channel claimed that it had not been for them the culprits would not have been caught.” [Click here to read more]
Please do sign and share these two petitions by the students: