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A Crisis of Identity

Current media reportage of sexual assault cases in India not only violates journalistic norms but also gravely impacts the victim’s right to privacy. Against the backdrop of the Kathua gang rape and the #MeToo movement, this paper argues that the law surrounding the identification of sexual assault victims must be amended to help better secure justice for victims, while also ensuring that their dignity is safeguarded. Adult victims ought to be granted statutory agency to speak out regarding instances of sexual violence they have faced although separate guidelines are required for the reporting of child sexual assault. Additionally, the ethical guidelines governing media reportage of sexual violence must be revisited. With respect to #MeToo, while media houses should report accusations, they are also required to ensure that pronouncements of guilt are not being made

Human Rights in Kashmir

The Press Council of India’s ‘committee’ under B G Verghese produced a report exonerating army personnel of mass rape at Kunan Poshpora in 1991; however, the victims continue to suffer even today. With regular allegations of human rights violations being made in the Kashmir press, there is a dire need to set up a thorough, impartial and credible inquiry into the charges.

Mela and Media : Norms in Absence

The Kumbh Mela this time over has, predictably, become media grist more than it ever was before. This huge conglomeration of people, the organisation and management of which is a mammoth exercise, has , one should suppose, always in any age attracted the attention of those whose business is news. It has also provided market access to artisans, craftsmen and producers of various goods.
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