Protest against Mumbai Mirror – coverage of TISS student rape case

TISS Student Rape and Mumbai Mirror Coverage

A student of TISS in Bombay was raped. The media coverage, especially in the Mumbai Mirror, was horrific. Sticking only to the least possible letter of the law and in complete violation of the spirit of the law to protect the identity of the woman who was raped, Mumbai Mirror not only gave every single little detail of information about her which made her immediately identifiable to anyone on or around the TISS campus, or who knows her from outside the campus, they printed, in total, her statement to the police given at the time of registering the FIR (first information report). Yes, FIR is a public document so in theory, no law as such was broken. However, it broadcast across Bombay to all its readers, each personal detail of her ordeal.

A loud angry demonstration was held at the portico of the Times of India Buulding, the publishers of Mumbai Mirror. Below is a video of the event.

(video shot and edited by Tejal Shah)

This protest was not covered in Bombay English language papers. We hear it was covered well in Lok Satta. It was covered in an informative and responsible manner in The Hindu, from Chennai, here

This woman was violated and then again violated by the media. It takes courage to report a rape because its a long and excruciating process to go through the trial. To have the media expose her identity in all but name, strips her of any private space and anonymity in the world to start the healing process. Other women, seeing this public exposure, will not have the courage to come forward if they ever are in the same situation. This act on the part of the Mumbai Mirror (and other papers but Mumbai Mirror was the most egregious) creates an unsafe space for women to seek justice and claim back their agency after such a violent violation to their personhood.

See here for coverage in The Hoot

Let us start our discussion. Please leave comments.

32 Responses to Protest against Mumbai Mirror – coverage of TISS student rape case

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  2. Hena says:

    It may be asked why this is big enough a deal to warrant a protest? Especially in a country that has next-to-zero privacy protection laws.

    But this link may help explain that or at least throw some light on the matter – http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/xxfactor/archive/2009/04/21/the-central-park-jogger-speaks-out-20-years-later.aspx

    It’s linked to a SLATE article about the “Central Park Jogger” – New York City’s most famous case of crime from about 20 years ago. In short, a twenty-something girl had gone out for her usual jog and ended up being gang-raped and beaten to near-death. If you bother to click on the link above, you’ll see the following comment by her in regards to the memoir:

    “The media keeping my anonymity is something that I do appreciate. I was known as the Central Park jogger, and when I told my story it was my choice. That was a degree of control that I had completely lost with the attack and the rape. When I’d meet someone it’s not like I would say, “Hi, I’m the Central Park jogger.” It’s kind of a conversation stopper. I decided to share my story because I had a real sense that sharing the story would help other people. That’s the message I’ve gotten, that sharing has given them hope.”

    It is for this very reason that Mumbai Mirror and its corollaries should be ashamed, if not brought to book.

    In a society where rape victims are constantly blamed for their clothes and decisions, rather than rapists being blamed for their intent to force and exhibit power over someone perceived to be weaker than themselves, how is it that the Mumbai Mirror thought that publishing the FIR statement of the TISS student with every detail except her name?

    And look at DNA this morning – it apparently has no issues allowing an accused to cast aspersions on this girl’s character. Why should I, as a reader, believe that these newspapers can be trusted to not twist a story for the benefit of their bottomline?

    • loudandproudblog says:

      i remember the Central Park jogger case. She must have processed and healed and gone through much to be at the place where she is ready to tell her story publicly and claim her selfhood back.

      Rape is a very different experience because as you say, it is the woman who is always suspect. she must have done something to bring it on. if she knew her attacker/s, it gets very murky for her. and as you point out also, even if she didn’t know her attacker/s, what was she wearing, where was she, how was she walking, what was she doing, and what is her past history. if she has ever had consensual sex, again she is suspect.

      its takes a very brave person to fight back because first the media will cast aspersions and then the court experience is one of just that….countering the aspersions.

  3. Chaaya Ram says:

    We have to fight the way media reports on these issues – where it is more to titalate then inform.
    However there are question on whether we should keep from naming the survivor. Do we then say that the shame of rape is something the survivor has to bear? Since for most other crimes the victims are named and other details provided
    Do we treat rape as so different that it is impossible for women who have been raped to heal?

  4. Manu says:

    Chaaya,

    Unfortunately, the shame of rape is not the victim’s choice. It is imposed on her by a cruel society that takes amusement in her sorrow. I agree with you, it is unacceptable that the agony of rape doesn’t end with the act. But it will go on until our collective conscience is evoked. It is an intriguing five minute read in the paper for most. The day we lose interest, the media lets go of it too . . .

  5. Jaymin says:

    I would like to point out that responsible journalism is a thing of the past. Only a few bastions of old school jounalism carry on the baton.There is no difference between a sex worker and the new breed of ‘Investigative Journalist’. In fact they are worse than a sex worker. She ply’s her trade due to her circumstances. What is the journalist’s excuse ?
    We as the readers of such tabloids are to take the blame in equal measure because as a society we read them on a daily basis and to an extent enjoy reading them. We do not have the collective will to boycott them and make them suffer financially for reporting crap.
    The less said about the criminals the better. Utterly shameful act. I would like to blast their parents out to outer galaxy for trying to cover up for their wards dastardly acts. I mean they should be hiding in shame and not making statements that do a character assasination of the victim.

  6. Jaymin says:

    My wife just pointed out that i have been demeaning tosex workers by being comparative.
    My sincere apologies for the comment

  7. Sreedhar says:

    My colleagues & I totally condemn the “mirror” for such irresponsible journalism. Media such as these should be banned.

  8. Rajeev Narayan, Delhi says:

    I can’t believe this stupidity. Please file a complaint against the Mumbai Mirror. Shocking incident, is it expected of a sensible media? It proves that media never sensitises, it sensationalize… Please media people have some shame and sensitivity towards society. Book the editor and the overall MM Team for this insensitivity. I’m ready to mobilise people from New Delhi towards this cause…. You may reach me at rajeev.virgo@yahoo.com

  9. saptarshi says:

    There is even a blog! The post written above ends with a line – “Let us start our discussion. Please leave a comment.” I am surprised at the way the recession is making us find ‘food for thought’! What is there to discuss? Do we even have a right to comment? The violation of the person concerned and we trying to apply laws, legislations, media, reporting angles et al to create a front? For what – to save her? To protest her from her shattered mental frame? For a second please stop and ponder, if you’d realize the magnitude of pain, of I don’t know what is going on, in/with the person concerned! And the media has, as usual like all starved machinery of this great nation, made a living out of it! Can’t we just let this issue be? Protest and fire et al but cant there be moral support. In campus students would know the person, but how many would go and provide moral support? How many would share the space with her? Just the anonymous tag would lead to a massive healing? Do we care for her as a fellow student, TISS-ian, human being or just try to better the conscious of TOI, Mid-Day colorful media grub? What is the intent now? What should be the intent? And in such a case when the trauma and condition is unimaginable! I shudder to even say I realize what might she be going through – and we want to discuss about issues related? Keep the fires burning to know that it produces ashes? It’s sad that we are no different. Instead of internal solidarity and support, we are shooting the world around. When has the world cared? In the system of at least TISS, the students, we can do what we can to understand her and be around. Is it just because of Mid-Day that on campus people now identify her? And after that what have they done to share and support her, the person concerned? The media can be blamed and stoned but that would do little to right a wrong and much less to heal the wound, a wound of proportion do we even gauge? And here we have a blog to “discuss” and “comment” – sad. Ironic as well!

    ps: loud and proud bombay🙂 a shamed india would have been apt.

  10. Chayanika Shah says:

    dear saptarshi,

    while i understand your anguish at the thought of what the survivor must be going through, i do think that both actions are needed and both are possible.

    of course the survivor needs to be supported through the nightmare of the violence, we need to reach out to her in ways that she wants support. at the same time it is important to start talking about what is wrong so that there are some learnings for all of us from this, so that we are able to evolve mechanisms of accountability for the media, the police, the institutions, the colleagues, everyone.

    the violence does not end with the act, it continues in all that follows and the media coverage was just one example of all that is probably not right. for all you know such actions and conversations might even make the survivor feel more supported, us feeling loud and proud about protests against all violations might help her much more than just a sense of shame.

    and i am sure for every student in tiss who is still uncaring about the whole incident, there are many who do care and extend support in many ways.

  11. smriti says:

    saptarshi, you make some valid points but you have assumed far too much.you have assumed that a blog to discuss the issue and the questions it raises equals a lack of caring and support for the traumatised student. so i hope it will make you happier to know that some of the very activists and TISS students who have been protesting outside TOI are among the people trying to support and counsel and arrange legal aid for the student as well. these do not have to be mutually exclusive activities. and a discussion blog or community space certainly does not mean that the incident is being trivialised. why should you think so? is a larger sharing and discussion unimportant? many of us would argue exactly the opposite — that it is very important. should we all forget the incident once the ‘newsworthiness’ wears off for the media, or are there experiences to be shared and lessons learned? this space has been started by deeply concerned people — concerned about the young woman who was a victim of abuse, and concerned about media reportage and social attitudes as well. you are quite right that “just the anonimity tag” will not heal her pain. the point here is that not respecting her privacy can only add — has only added — to that pain. while we need to condemn all sensationalising and trivialising of individual or collective pain, we need not look at a serious online discussion as coming out of recession and free time.

  12. Prachi says:

    This is shocking…every time you think things can’t worse…they do! This is even worse than what TV Channels do i.e. enacting the whole thing!
    But I fail to see the point of this blog…maybe my short sightedness or something…but this happens time and again…people talk, express their disapproval and the issue fades away again…we again resort to this sickening scenario which has become a normalcy for our society…as I student I can’t see what I can so apart from making people aware about this…I hope something concrete could be done! Something lasting…something that would make the victim’s life easier, give her back her self!

  13. saptarshi says:

    @ smriti

    i do not have the audacity to assume in such a domain and i agree with prachi. i never said, never put forth that no one is doing anything to her, in support, emotionally or otherwise. again ironically you look for points in my comment? is it a moot court or a round table? is this even a debate, a discussion and at what cost to whom?! to right a wrong does not mean we do a cellular analysis! the system, the people, the angst… and now a blog with a post with that ‘last line’ – lets discuss.. wow! i repeat, i do not know what it takes to battle out of such a hit, such a blow… all i know is, i do not have any points, comments and issues to make out of it. that is the way to dignity! legal and judicial system aside, these media, issues about freedom and maturity et al… would keep it ablaze! it seems you know what she wants – did you ask her? the clarity is tremendous and shocking. i mean, just to understand the mental perimeter of such a victim, appears so easy? so easy that even after mental and moral support, there is fuel to fire a mid-day onslaught?
    its a shame – media or no media, its a shame.
    i fully respect people who are actually involved and doing and being with her… and by no means do i want to scribble in a few lines to prove any point, plz – dont get me wrong on that. i am not in campus, city, ya… but getting down to scribble in posts and comments and to run ‘discussions’ on this, feels grossly wrong.
    totally agree with prachi… i dont see the point, i dont see even why we need pointers, we just need a fast healing for the individual. and doing, aiding, just that bit… is it easy? can that be planned? structured? loud and proud?
    and if there is a discussion, even a scope of one, it better be serious, not like art for arts sake. the fact that i care has no protest and means of expression aint mean that i aint serious about it. or is there an assumption and process of serious expression, or lack thereof?
    trust me there is no free time and its a hard battle to survive the recession, its just the last line of this post that made me write, leave a comment… as i said i really have no point to make here.

    • Rohan says:

      I certainly support the move initiated by certain groups and the dirty journalism that is coming to play. But I bring to your notice one important issue – the rights of the accused. The basic tenet of law is that an accused is innocent until he/ she is proven guilty. If this tenet is violated, there will be chaos in society as anybody can accuse anybody of crimes.

      Media ethics also mandate that the names of the accused are not given out as they are merely accused, not convicted. Personal prejudices seem to guide people in the media as well as outside. What prevents the groups who are fighting for media ethics to fight for the ethics here too [Non-disclosure of the names of the accused]. Or, do we have double standards?

      I also would like to tell you that the scope for misuse of rape laws are tremendous. Consensual sex is converted into rape many times for various reasons. Imagine of this case if false. Imagine if this lady offered sex for a price and on not being happy with the payment, filed a false case.

      Lets be reasonable and sensible. Lets not take sides. None of us know the TRUTH. We always assume that women cannot lie about rape. That is our problem.

      Regards,
      Rohan

  14. smriti says:

    dear saptarshi, i too was only reacting to your post and trying to say that there does not have to be only one or the other approach i.e. support for the student to heal versus a discussion space. i do understand that you are speaking out of agony and concern, and that’s what counts. we can agree to disagree about the need or usefulness of protests and discussions. i’m extremely sorry if my last line offended you, it was my own pained reaction to your saying the recession was making us find “food for thought”. as for clarity about what the young woman concerned requires, none of us can or do claim to have that: if it sounded like there was such clarity, my words are at fault. let’s not allow this to become an acrimonious space. that will truly be a pity. may i suggest a truce?

  15. saptarshi says:

    There would not be any acrimony. There is no acrimony. Truce is not needed, ‘cause there aint any point here to prove, there is no battle, intent or concern to overpower between us. I am sorry if my words have been offset from the issue… well, maybe I should have just stayed away since I do not have the same affiliations. Ya, my last bit on this blog

  16. Bishakha Datta says:

    I’ve come into this a bit late – but I really don’t think the purpose of this blog is to have discussion as an end, devoid of action, but to use discussion and information-sharing as a means to action. (And sometimes as an end too, because hearing diverse opinions does clarify things – just reading the post on the Central Park jogger did this for me).

    There are two related injustices in this case that I atleast am grappling with:
    -the rape itself
    -the coverage, which is a more insiduous form of ongoing violence. And it’s not just the Mirror: see today’s post on DNA on this site and the Times Now report at http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/TISS_girl_made_first_moves_Rape_accused/videoshow/4431389.cms .

    Both these are based solely on Vinamra Soni’s statements and bail applications – and put out his point of view casting aspersions on the victim’s statements and obviously trying to bias judicial and public opinion in his favour. What kind of one-sided unethical reporting is this?

    To be honest, this will only get worse as she strives for justice (and as the six accused try to evade punishment). If the media continues this kind of one-sided reporting justice will be harder and harder for her to get.

    So at some level, if we are fighting for justice for the person at the centre of all this, we will have to also fight for more balanced media coverage. Never forget that judges and lawyers are also human beings subject to and shaped by the same societal norms, stereotypes as anyone else.

    This is only the anticipatory bail hearing of one accused – next on the agenda are the bail hearings of all the accused and then the trial itself. If we don’t shout loud enough right from now and everyday and continuously – through every means available: on the streets, through blogs, listserves, meetings, letters to newspapers/tv channels etc – and put continuous pressure on the media, the TISS woman is going to be at a tremendous disadvantage. Because everyone will only hear the accused’s voices/opinions in the public domain, not hers.

    If for nothing else, I believe a blog like this is needed to catalyse this action. And to mobilize public opinion – since the media has clammed up on its own shortcomings.

    (I understand your reactions to some of the language – but do try and consider it in a broader sense).

    Bishakha

    • Rohan says:

      How do you know that the rape is actually being committed? You are not allowing justice to take its normal course. You are not allowing a fair trial to the accused which is a fundamental right in a civilized society by talking about ‘justice for the victim’. Who knows whether she is a victim or not? Can anybody guarantee this?

  17. Shilpa Phadke says:

    I completely agree with Bishakha. We have to use every means at our disposal to voice our opinions and rally support otherwise the media will conduct a one-sided trial by itself and the survivor will be at a huge disadvantage during the trial as all judges and lawyers will read are the reports with the voices of the accused trying to slander the survivor.

    Debate in this context is not about navel gazing but about actually taking action towards ensuring that the survivor gets justice.

    Shilpa

    • Rohan says:

      Quite to the contrary, the feminist media would dare not show the voices of the accused. They get nothing out of this! The pressure should be on insisting for a fair trial for both the accused and the accuser and for upholding media ethics and the laws.

  18. Rohan says:

    While I appreciate the work that you are doing to protect the rights and interests of the alleged victim, and struggling to uphold media ethics, I don’t understand the bias in applying these journalistic ethics selectively and only to the alleged victim. What about the rights of the alleged perpetrators? Remember, an accused in a rape case or any other case is an accused and NOT a criminal. Several cases of false cases of rape have also come about and we do not know whether the lady was really raped or she turned concensual sex into rape for whatever reason. That is why we have the courts to decide and judge. Nobody can jump to conclusion that an allegation of rape is rape. Hence, I expect that the journalistic ethics be extended to the rights of the accused too. Imagine if this case is false. What would be the reputation of the accused the way the media has given out their names. Secondly, I see nothing special about crimes against women since ours is an equal society. A crime is a crime and media has to be sensitive to all cases, not just with regard to crimes against women. Just because a crime has happened against a woman, there cannot be any change in the way it is reported and all press council standards have to be adhered to. So, what is special about crimes about women? Let media standards be applied equally to all cases of crimes.

    These are some news reports about false cases:

    Woman in dock for crying rape
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Citi es/Delhi/Woman_in_dock_for_crying_rape/a rticleshow/2749977.cms

    Rape flip-flop puts girl in dock
    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080226/j sp/nation/story_8948112.jsp

    Rape victim attacked by accused’s kin
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Rape _victim_attacked_in_Delhi/articleshow/29 44071.cms

    She Blamed Him. He Spent 11 Years in Jail
    http://news.aol.com/article/rape-victim -convicted-man/375591

    http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly _story/0,3566,153969,00.html

    Wednesday, April 20, 2005
    By Wendy McElroy

    Most statutory rape cases fall flat in court

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Goa/ Most_statutory_rape_cases_fall_flat_in_c ourt/articleshow/4258271.cms

    Women admits false rape complaint.
    http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-storie s/5172305

    Regards,

    Rohan

  19. Cyco says:

    With all due respect to Monica Sakhrani, being Asst. Prof. at the Centre for Criminology & Justice at TISS the place of learning of the said victim to kindly seek answers to a few questions and through her expertise let all know her final opinion.
    Being a student and staying in the Institute’s hostel how did she manage to go out so late in the night merry making? Is she habituated to stay out the whole nights?
    Do the institution TISS have no responsibilities regarding -Late night outs? Full night outs? Get back to the campus fully drunk – as per her statement??
    Definitely the boys accompanied her friend to the hostel as she had to leave the next morning than WHY DID SHE NOT GO BACK ALONG WITH HER? Surely it was her friend’s responsibility as she had brought her along? If this girl admits that one or more of the boys got her drunk – the boys had beers and ONLY she herself ordered VODKA ? Lab report found DRUG taken by her and none of the boys ?Being as drunk as she has stated why did she insisted on going to some hotel to be with Mr. X and how close was she to him or better still who is he and why nothing has been disclosed about him?
    ARE YOU SURE THAT THE BOYS INCLUDING ANN DID NOT REQUEST HER TO GO BACK TO HER ROOM? Did anyone carry her to the floor of the flat? One or all of the boys would have according to her Drunk and Spiked Theory?
    All the six grown up boys – [legally men] having given their Final College Exams and tomorrow setting out to seek jobs, work it out on her and she did not even open her eyes once? Do not forget that the boys were drunk too and need time to ease off the booze. So what time it started and what time did it end? They had dropped Ann at the hostel at nearly 2:30 AM. Ask any BOMBAYLITE YOURSELF INCLUDED, auto rickshaws and taxis ply throughout the night too and she could have availed of this facility any time if she desired right from the ending of the party? What about the next two days, was she in the hostel or had she been out again? The boys may individually have other female friends too from their respective college circles – have their opinions, after all they have spent three long years in the same hostel and without their respective families?
    All the photos show her clinging her to the boys? We should not forget that SIX Indian young lives are at stake here! Will you try to solve the MYSTRY???

    Cyco

    • Rohan says:

      That was a good analysis. Most of the feminists out here would never want to have an open mind and look at the issue in a neutral way. Though I support their initiative for upholding media ethics, I oppose and condemn the one-sidedness. I strongly oppose assumption/ presumption of guilt of the accused. There has to be a fair trial for the accused. This is one of the barometers of a civilized society, quite unlike the lynch-mob mentality which feminists are into. Thanks for the presentation of the analysis which casts doubts about the authenticity of the case.

  20. Cyco says:

    This is for you JAYMIN
    STOP WATCHING SCIENCE FRICTION MOVIES.
    My hat’s off to Rohan as he is seriouly concious of the parents and their sufferings.
    Jaymin you certainly are out of line on two counts.
    (1)The boys are accused – All cannot be guilty.Being in a crowd where a bomb blast has taken place does not make you a terrorist.It only makes you a VICTIM of circumstances.
    (2)You want to BLAST THEIR PARENTS OUT TO OUTER SPACE?? Can you prove the crime of the parents in connection with the case?? Even the police nor the courts I beleive can do that.
    Have you ever tried pointing a finger at someone and seen three fingers pointing back at you.Read the msg. above to get back in this world from your outer space adventures.

  21. Junaish says:

    Jaymin,

    “I would like to blast their parents out to outer galaxy for trying to cover up for their wards dastardly acts. I mean they should be hiding in shame and not making statements that do a character assasination of the victim.”

    I salute you twice, for saying that its actually the parents fault, that their wards committed this crime. Bravo. Bravo.. You proved how good of a parent you are or will be. So next time your ward doesnt do the homework, you get the ‘caning’. Isn’t that what you meant?

    What exactly are you trying to prove here? What are the parents role in this? If in a hypothetical situation, you were one of the parent? What then? Do you prefer going to Space, or trying to find out what actually happened and then accusing?
    You sound as if you have already decided and fixed who the culprits are. Were you present there, at the time of the act? How are you so sure that the girl is really a ‘rape victim’ and not someone who is trying to turn consensual sex into a false rape?

    Besides, 6 guys on mere beer, raped a girl who was herself drunk on VODKA? You must be kidding me. And what was she doing all alone with 6 guys around her in the middle of the night? Why didnt she go back with her ‘so called’ friend who was lurking around with her? What! Are there no rules at all for the TIFF hostel? As Cyco said…Girls can come in and go out when and what time they want drunk? Why arent people thinking from their sides too, rather than the so called victim? What if its all a lie?? What if this was her publicity stunt?

    A girl might not even think of playing with her life or anyone else’s for that matter, But, someone who likes hanging around late night, drunk, with guys around…SURELY CAN..

    I pity those accusing the innocent of no crime committed. If at all they have committed, atleast, rather than considering them as criminals and arresting and locking them away spoiling their future and everything as a whole, they should atleast, for once use their head and actually try finding out what really happened…

    No Offense Mr. Jaymin.. But seriously.. You need to think before you accuse someone and send them to space on a mission..

  22. Rohan says:

    While the Indian Woman empowerment brigade rants and rants about how they are harassed all the time and need more biased laws in their favor , the statistics from the National Crime Record Bureau speak a totally different story .

    National Crime Record Bureau Statistics
    ************************************************

    Before Marriage
    *******************
    The proportion of Boys to Girls suicide ratios before marriage is 48:52 . That is almost the same number of boys and girls commit suicides before they are married .

    In the year 2007 16445 boys committed suicide as compared to 9009 girls .

    After Marriage
    ******************
    The proportion of Male: Female ratio for suicides in India changes changes to 65:35 . That is about twice the number of married men commit suicide as compared to married women commit suicides. So the suicide rates married men rise 100% more after marriage than before marriage . While the suicide rates of women more or less remain the same before and after marriage .

    In the year 2007 57593 men committed suicide as compared to 30064 married women . A shocking 100% rise in the rate after the men get married .

    Categorization that the government does on Suicide cases

    For women :-
    ‘Dowry Dispute’
    ‘Illegitimate Pregnancy’
    ‘Not having Children’
    ‘Divorce’
    ‘Physical Abuse’
    ‘Cancellation/Non-settlement of marriage’
    ‘Suspected/Illicit Relation’

    The categories have been so neatly defined so as to always paint the woman as the victim and the male as the criminal .

    Now lets take a look how the Male statistics are categorized .
    .
    ‘Family Problems’
    ‘Causes not known ,
    ‘Other Causes ’

    Family problems
    ********************
    2006 : 12,325 men committed suicide due to family problems as only 8503 women . So Men commit 80% more suicide under the category family problem

    Cause not known
    ********************
    2006 : 9243 men committed suicide as compared to 4803 women . So men commit 100% more suicides due to reasons the government does not even know .

    Other causes( Age group 15 to 44 years )
    ****************
    2006 :- A shocking 8116 men committed suicides as compared to only 3969 women due to other causes . 150% more suicides by men are under the undefined other causes category .

    Now lets look at the laws that help these numbers

    For married women
    *************************
    All suicides after within 7 years of marriage must be investigated as a dowry death . In India the police at the behest of a complaint lodges a dowry death case irrespective of the cause of the suicide . Even a later stage in the trial ( which normally takes decades ) if it is proved that the death was not as a result of dowry , the statistics still remain in place and are used by the Feminist organizations and their counterparts to justify the existence of Biased laws .

    For Men
    ***********
    Suicides of married men are never investigated as domestic violence or harassment cases by wives . They are normally categorized under Family problems , Other Causes or Unknown Causes . The government of India is least interested to know or investigate the phenomenal percentage increase of the suicide rate of married men after marriage

  23. cyco says:

    Would like to know as to why my last comments have been removed from this blog. Where they too accurate, true and to the point. Well, the chartsheet has already been submitted and so will the bail and the trial too will proceed.The cat will be out of the bag if it will be brought back from States where it has crawled back.If not- God be with the boys,as Justice they say is blind. This is regarding the TISS rape case, where the boys are still under Judiciary custody, but actually in Thane Central Jail after spending three long months the period taken by the police to investigate.Anyone?????

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