Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Irresponsible Indian Media: Gujarat girl hangs self after watching Saddam's execution

Who will pay for the life of Prateeksha Patel, a 15-year-old who hanged self to death after watching the scene of Saddam's hanging repeatedly on television channels.

She had a tiff with her brother and after watching the execution on TV screen, she asked her father repeatedly if the form of death caused pain to person. She then locked her in a room and ended her life.

Indian visual media forgets that there are tens of millions of people in this country who are impressionable, depressed, mentally challenged, suffering from various forms of mental illnesses and anxieites.

And there are children/teenagers like Prateeksha. But the macabre act was shown again and again. Will the heads of these channels be questioned for the death. Indian Electronic Media sucks, it is disgusting. It is perhaps the most irresponsible media in the world.

But does anybody dare to raise a voice. The government, the ministers, the commissions and the NGOs must come out and rein in these channels. Just one tough directive from the government or a minister would be enough but sadly the establishment is not sensitive enough.

Meanwhile, another girl has ended life in Kolkata. Moon Moon (or Munmun) Karmakar hanged herself for wanting to "feel the pain Saddam did during the execution".

"She said they had hanged a patriot. We didn't take her seriously when she told us that she wanted to feel the pain, Saddam did during the execution," the girl's father Manmohan Karmakar was quoted as saying. According to Manmohan, Moon Moon had become extremely depressed after watching Saddam's execution on television.

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krishnachaitanya said...

It is true yar ..That was really disgusting to see Electronic meet becoming such insane ...

Anonymous said...

Anyone who would consider Saddam a patriot deserves to die.

We should just be thankful that she just killed herself and didn't become a suicide bomber.

Anonymous said...

You know, just a few posts ago you talked about the independence of the blogosphere and how the media should not self sensor their news.

Now you are arguing the opposite point.

If someone is mentally disturbed, he or she need to get psychiatric help. This is basically the responsibility of the family and their doctors. It is not correct to blame the media for the girl's unfortunate death.

Anonymous said...

You can't blame the electronic media or any other. The climax wasn't shown, but we all know what it is. I am completely against any kind of censorship. And this wasn't something the media could keep from talking about: it was too important to be ignored. So not showing it and sparing us the depression was not what we needed. It's the act in itself that should be condemned in the first place. It was an absolute unjust verdict.

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