Tag Archives: Gender violence

Reporting gender based violence sensitively: Resources for journalists

Compiled by Ranjitha Gunasekaran and Ragamalika Karthikeyan

  1. Five simple rules for reporting on gender violence, by Prajnya Trust
  1. The sexual harassment of women at workplace (prevention, prohibition and redressal) Act, 2013
  1. The protection of women from domestic violence Act, 2005
  1. Justice Verma Committee report, 2013
  1. The Indian laws on sexual harassment at workplace: Here’s what you need to know, by The News Minute
  1. Which sexual harassment and assault stories should you cover? by Poynter
  1. GLAAD media reference guide for reporting on LGBTQI+ people and issues
  1. How to report about LGBTQIA+ people: Guidelines for journalists, by The News Minute
  1. Gender and sexuality 101, by The News Minute
  1. My gender is what I choose: Transgender community’s appeal to Tamil media, by The News Minute
  1. The transgender persons (protection of rights) Act, 2019, to be read with its criticism – here, here, here, and here
  1. Community guidelines for ethical coverage of LGBT people and issues in media and on social networks, by Orinam
  1. Queer terms in Tamil, by Moulee, Queer Chennai Chronicles
  1. NHRC’s guidelines for the media in addressing the issue of child sexual abuse
  1. UNICEF guidelines for journalists reporting on children
  1. Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012

  2. The juvenile justice (care and protection of children) Act, 2015

  3. The Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2013

  4. Enabling report of rape in India, The Hindu Centre Policy Note, 2015

  5. GBV in media, a media ethics toolkit on sensitive reportage, Feminism in India, 2019

  6. Till death do us part, The Post and Courier, 2014

  7. Child marriage: Wake up to cervical cancer risks, say doctors, The New Indian Express, 2019

  8. Victims in Scripture Union case explain why they took so long to make issue public, TNIE, 2020

  9. Journalist Guide to Reporting Child Sexual Abuse, Utah Department of Human Services, 2019

  10. Guidelines for media reporting on children, NCPCR/Delhi High Court, 2012

  11. The two-finger test doesn’t work? No one told the medical colleges, The Ladies Finger, 2014

  12. What to do if you have been raped, The Ladies Finger, 2015

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Girl burnt for resisting rape

Ironically, in  the same page that had a good report, this report which lacked the basic details was also covered.

Publication: The Times Of India – Chennai;
Date: Jan 6, 2010;
Section: Times Nation;
Page: 8

Bhopal: A 14-year-old class VII Dalit student was set on fire by two boys of the same age group when she resisted a rape attempt by them. She succumbed to burns in a few hours. The incident occurred on Monday at Kondri village of Burhanpur district in south Madhya Pradesh.

The police arrested the boys — Manohar alias Mania Beldar (15) and Krishna Mahajan (16) — on Tuesday at Bhanpur in Maharashtra where they were staying at a relative’s place. Burhanpur SP MK Katakwar said Yogita fought back and screamed. “When the boys realised they will be caught, they doused her with kerosene kept in the victim’s house and set her on fire.” The boys used to tease her regularly when she was on way to school. TNN

So what if boys used to tease her on the girl’s way back to school? howdid that lead to this incident

How did they reach the victim’s house. and how di dthey manage to douse kerosene on the girl? what was the provocation

Am sure there will not be any follow up in the papers and the story must have already been forgotten. 😦

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Bhopal doctor, 2 others gangrape MPhil student

A good report which answers the basic 5Ws (who,when, what, where,which) and 1 H (how)

Publication: The Times Of India – Chennai;
Date: Jan 6, 2010;
Section: Times Nation;
Page: 8

Suchandana Gupta | TNN

Bhopal: An MPhil student of Barkatullah University has alleged that she was forcibly confined to a doctor’s chamber and gangraped for over 24 hours by three persons, including a doctor of Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre —the super-speciality hospital for gas victims.

Late on Monday night, police arrested Dr Raghuraj Pandey and two others — Anand Mishra, a former employee of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, and an acquaintance, Pradeep More. The victim is from Betul district of Madhya Pradesh and stays in the university’s girls hostel.

Sub-divisional officer of police Ghanshyam Maviya said, “According to the victim, she was taken to the hospital by Pradeep More and confined in a doctor’s chamber. There she was forced to consume liquor with the three persons and then gangraped the whole night.”

Police said the MPhil student had left the hostel premises without informing the warden on Sunday afternoon to meet a black magician to sort out her troubled marriage. She met Pradeep, who took her to BMHRC to meet Dr Pandey.

They were joined by Anand Mishra, a black magician, who tricked the girl to drink liquor laced with drugs, police said. The three then allegedly gangraped her on Sunday night, the police added.

On Monday afternoon, she was forced to accompany one of the culprits to a movie hall to watch a film. It was from there that she sent an SMS to the hostel warden.

She was rescued by the police from Sangam Cinema soon after. The 23-year-old victim was sent for a medical check-up that confirmed rape, police said.

In the first week of December, a 19-year-old NRI student of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, a deemed university, was allegedly molested on campus by four students. The matter was reported to the police by the institute administration after a local daily published the news.

The victim, a student of electronics engineering, had completed her first semester. On the pretext of showing her the marks of a previous exam, three boys took her to an isolated room where a fourth student joined them.

The four forcibly put ‘sindoor’ on the girl’s forehead, put bangles into her wrists, tied a mangalsutra and then manhandled her.

The institute administration, however, could not identity the culprits.

The incident of the NRI girl’s molestation sent tremors across the state capital. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan made a statement that the guilty will be punished. But, no action has been taken so far.

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