Sunday, December 31, 2006

Indian Media's Shame: Noida serial killings

Most news channels have their head offices in Noida but failed to see the trend of missing children and could not report the disappearance of children until the police arrested the culprits and the horrifying story unfolded. Why?

It's the failure of Indian Media. Some correspondents had reported it earlier but the top bosses in plush offices of Delhi/Noida perhaps did not find merit in it. (probably the reporters had little access to editorial bosses so that they could convince editorial meetings that it was indeed worth prime time news).

And, how could it have been newsworthy for them! Most channels have turned news into soap operas and are obsessed with Aishwarya Rais and Abhishek Bachchans. They need to do a soul-searching.

The channels that had gone crazy when ONE CHILD, the son of Adobe CEO, was abducted from Noida, remained oblivious to the fact that umpteen children were missing from an area just in their backyard. Is that because the son of an MNC matters more to the media that is bedazzled with power and moneyed-people.

And ironically, at last when the police managed to catch the culprits the shameless anchors had the audacity to tell viewers that it was the failure of cops to catch the culprits so late. At least the cops caught the accused, though belatedly. What the media did? What about its role of investigation and reporting.

How big is Nithari village! If 40-odd children went missing from here, it was not an ordinary story. And it was not that people were not aware. Actually, the channels apparently did not find enough 'masala' (sic) for them in poor children who were disappearing. But once skeletons were unearthed and the nation was shocked at the serial killings where children were subjected to sexual abuse, the electronic news channels were woken up from their deep slumber.

The media does need to question itself for its askewed vision, faulty news coverage and obsession with fashion, lifestyle, rich people and all the glitz except the life of ordinary Indians. We wonder how many such stories have never been told.

Alas, Aishwarya visiting Ajmer Sharif and Pushkar makes the biggest headline in this nation. The families of children always suspected that the incidents were occurring in the particular area. But no sting operation was planned.


Dheeraj said...

You are absolutely right...

ChennaiBull said...

Both media and police are suppose to be blamed.

ChennaiBull said...

Both media and police are suppose to be blamed.

Anonymous said...

NGOs working for children are also guilty.

Anonymous said...

This is nothing but a case of CANNIBALISM..


IF he was interested in SEx, He had all the money to buy sex by calling call girls. But he wanted something more.

So he ate RAW HUMAN FLESH... Thats why he chose young kids & gals, who cannot resist.

Anonymous said...

You are very correct. Media activism is only for high funda posh news. Media have been highlighting Jessica lal case and made it the headlines. But no media will come forward for poor dalit womens problems like they did for jessica. Becos jessica's case took place in the headquarters and she was a good looking model and so definetely it will attract audience, thats wat media think in terms of selecting the news. This is a very bad trend and who will question all this?

Sreeraj Nair said...

I think the electronic media is a big failure. To them only Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, UP, Ahmedabad matters. The rest of India is not news worthy. I still rely on the newspapers to make better sense of the world around me. The prime duty of TV news channels nowadays seems to be to promote trite masquerading as Bollywood.

editor said...

Anonymous, thanks for being so polite and just terming as 'idiot'. You haven't read the post properly where I have mentioned that stories were done on channels but not taken up the post

Anonymous said...

Is it not clear that the top bosses of the TV channels are hand in glove with Pandher.
No man would have the guts to murder 40 children and keep the skeletons in his house for two years unless politicians/media/st stephens connections/police IAS/IPS are all 100 % involved
these brainwashed media zombies will never wake up till their children start disappearing

ram said...

your are right.We have to change our india future

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