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It’s not only through journalism but also through socio political service we have to contribute healthily to the society and ensure that the poor, underprivileged and the oppressed sections of the society get their due and are delivered adequately their due.

Journalism in India has undoubtedly become a challenging task and it is really distresng to note that more and more journalists are becoming the target of anti social elements, criminals and sometimes atthe hands of the prevailing political system at the helm.

These were the views of the former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat while addressing a gathering of distinguished guests as chief guest at the first Signature award function and seminar on the subject titled JOURNALISM AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBLITIES organised by Shail Savera Newspaper at India International Centre on 6th January 2018. Harish Rawat said that there isan urgent need to devise a law for the safety and security of the scribes confronting challenges and threats to their lives while performing their professional duties and subsequent provision for stringent punishment to the guilty including arrangement for adequate financial compensation for the family of the deceased scribes.

The eminent literateur and writer Pankaj Bisht who was the special guest of the function dwelt at length on the speedily killing of the small and medium newspapers of the country and said that the government of the day will have to ensure that newspapers at the grassroot levels are strongly supported financially instead of discouraging them as they are the real source of grass root information delivery and sustenance for them and their respective families. He also expressed his serious concern over the increasing attacks on the journalists of the country while performing their duties and the subsequent complacense of the authorities and police in nailing the culprits. He said: for a strong and viable democracy free media and free expression is inevitable and any attempt to scuttle the voice of the fourth estate will have serious repercussions and implications.

The senior journalist Umakant Lakhera said the way mediamen are being threatened in their line of duty and those working in print and electronics media being made unemployed, forced to resign speaks of the unambiguous fact that the big meda houses and the government in power through their unholy nexus are hell bent upon squeezing the voice of free expression and writing which isa dangerous trend and should be dealt with severely by the united repultion of the media community. Sr journalist Arvind Kumar Singh said unless or until the media does not become the face of the poor, under privileged and the marginalised class of the country including those living in the rural areas of the country we can’t do justice with our profession.

The president of Uttarakhand Journalist Forum Sunil Negi expressed his serious concern over the deteriorating conditions of the safety and security of the journalists and revealed how shockingly over 70 journalists have been killed during the last ten years and not a single case solved with 431 incidents of brutal attacks on the journalistic fraternity of the country. He urged upon the governmental agencies to devise a law for a minimum punishment of ten years for the attackers on journalists and rigrous life imprisonment and capital punishment for the culprits of rarest of the rare cases.

Girish Khadayat of Zee news spoke at length as to how while working in electronic mediathey are harassed to express their voice and talent and hoed that the channels become mote poor and people friendly than focussing on glamour and celibrities. He said the a journalist should be fearless, vocal and courageous. Priyanka Sharma of AAJ Tak said that the day a newsperson or journalist or a politician develop immense intimacy it would lead one to think that there is an unholy nexus between both of them.

She added to be a good journalist one should be critical of the government policies of healthy grounds with unbiased and honest perspective. Vipnesh Mathur of India newssaid that a journalist’s honesty and impeccable integrity in profession is must to gain and win the confidence of the viewers. There are several regulations in performance of duties as an anchor in private channels she added but if one is courageous and have the guts to counter the injustice one can prove to be a good journalist.

Sr Advocate Supreme Court and former President AMU ZK Faizan the mindset of the people have to be changed as in democracy the ultimate power lies with the people of any nation. The journalists do have their problems but chief responsibility of the fourth estate as the torch bearers of the society would be only vindicated when they contribute immensely in changing the peoples’ mind set as the society is rotten due to various socio political and criminal ills.

Harish Awasthi , national spokesperson of AAP said that politicians are the usual targets of journalists here as in journalism too there are several instances of yellow journalism and existence of power brokers under the guise of being scribes. Sr journalist Ved Vilas Uniyal said : having good and healthy relations with politicians is not bad but becoming a pro journalist of a particular ideology, party or a political leader in performance of one’s journalistic duty particularly while filing stories is highly derogatory and unacceptable.

Every journalist should ensure that he or she is free, fair, imartial and unbiased whole pursuing this noble ethical profession. Sr Journalist Abhishekh bachchan and Umakant Lakhera were presented bouquets and shawls on this occasion while 7 journalists of eminence Sunil Negi, Arvind Kumar Singh, Ved Uniyal, Vyomesh Jugran, Priyanka sharma, Vipnesh Mathur, Girish Khadayat were felicitated by first signature Award. The programme was ably anchored by Ajay Bisht.
SUNIL NEGI, PRESIDENT, UTTARAKHAND JOURNALISTS FORUM

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Protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar demanding death for rapists and murderers

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The most brutal and shameful rape and murder of an 8 year old innocent girl in Jammu’s Kathua region and the Unnao rape allegedly by the ruling party lawmaker have become the centrestage of the nation wide outrageous protests with people from all sections of the society literally coming out on streets to demand death for the culprits and resignation of the saffron clad UP chief minister for his government’s inaction as well as allegedly aiding and abetting the death of the victim’s father in police custody.

On 15th April hundreds of extremely angered and furious protestors comprising of college students, women activists of various socio political organisations and even school children thronged at Jantar Mantar raising anti government slogans and holding playcards in their hands registered their strong vociferous protests demanding death for the culprits of the above crimes and also asked for the Uttar Pradesh CM’s immediate resignation for allegedly supporting the culprits and abetting the custodial death of the rape survivor’s father in the police lock up.

The demonstration led to total halt and diversion of traffic for several hours with protestors having come till Sanchar Bhawan raising vociferous slogans and demanding stringent punishment for the culprits, not less than a capital sentence. The memorandum submitted to the government demanded immediate resignation of the UP chief minister for aiding and abetting the rape culprit who happens to be from his own party and holding him and his government responsible for the custodial death of the rape victims father.

A demand was also made for institution of fast track courts to punish the guilty at the earliest without any intentional delay. The family of both the victims be given complete police security and immediate arrest of the J& K ministers responsible for siding with Asifa’s rapists and murderers and also inciting and misguiding the people of the state on communal lines to misled the investigations. The protestors also demanded the arrest of the Hindu Ekta Manch leaders for creating the communal divide in the state of J&K and allegedly patronising the culprits of Asifa’s rape and murder.

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Women and girls most vulnerable in Delhi/ 19 year old tortured and raped for 10 days repeatedly, Shame!

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Women and girls most vulnerable in Delhi/ 19 year old tortured and raped for 10 days repeatedly, Shame!

Delhi seems to have become the rape capital as shameful cases of rapes, molestations of girls and women are on the rapid increase in the capital of India with majority of the rape survivors being the victim of the close accquaintances or the near and dear ones.

What is more shocking and anguishing is the fact that the minors, incests and the adolocents are the majority targets at the hands of rapists below eighteen years thus going scot free under the guise of being non adult or minor thus given them handle to commit more crimes in the near future.

A recent case of one such rape survivor has come to light today after the shocking news appearing in various dailies of the capital though the shocking incident of incessant physical torture and subsequent repeated rape of the nighteen year old girl was reported in facebook a day or two earlier, having gone viral alongwith pictures of injury marks over her body .

According to the police the victim was confined in a room by the rapist with whom she was in relationship for a year or so and repeatedly raped after being physically tortured for ten days and tied with the rope.

However badly battered, she anyhow managed to free herself on the tenth day and reached her house. The incident is of Aman Vihar, Delhi and the culprit is absconding with the police questioning the family members of the absconder rapist.

The police is investigating the matter from all angles as the family had not lodged the missing complaint to the police, despite their daughter being mysteriously away for ten days. This horrifying incident has shattered the confidence of the Delhites towards the police and the law enforcing agencies of the capital where obnoxious and shameful incidents of crime against women are on the repeated rise.

According to a report published in HT daily today the total cases of crime against women registered in Delhi were 13000 in 2017 and 2900 till March 2018 which included 487 rapes, 722 molestations, 153 cases of sexual harrasment, 913 kidnappings and abductions and 623 other nature of cases.

After the national and global outrage in the case related to the gruesome gang rape and brutal murder of Nirbhaya of Delhi in a moving bus in Vasant Vihar in 2013, several fast track courts to deal with cases of rapes with possible modifications in laws to make them more stringent were implemented but despite all this the crime rate against women is still on the rise.

This is highly disheartening and a severe blot on our society. The heart rendering and shocking cases of the gang rape and heinous murder of the 8 year old Kathua girl and an eighteen year girl of Unnao in UP allegedly at the behest of the BJP MLA have also outraged the right thinking people and the vulnerable women community of the country.

But what makes the situation more worse is the fact that the political parties of the country instead of dealing with this horrible menace more credibly and earnestly to arrive at a unanimous resolution to give it a complete stop mingle in shabby tactics of communalising the issue to derive political advantage to garner votes.

Time has really arrived when all the poltical parties of the country including those at the helm of political dispensation should come together across ideological lines on one platform and device concrete and credible solutions to put an end to such gruesome incidents which are unfortunately on the uncontrollable rise and affecting the polity of the country. What’s your take friends?
SUNIL NEGI

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Rahul, Priyanka, Vadra stage midnight candle light protest at India Gate against Kathua gang rape and horrendous murder of Asifa

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Rahul, Priyanka, Vadra stage midnight candle light protest at India Gate against Kathua gang rape and horrendous murder of Asifa

While the shameful gangrape and the most brutal murder of an eight year old girl Asifa hailing from the muslim Bakkerwal community of Kathua, Kashmir is making the breaking news in all the TV channels and headlines in newspapers, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi alongwith sister Priyanka and brother in law Robert Vadra today midnight staged a candle light procession from the party headquarter 24 Akbar Road to India Gate holding candles in their hands and expressing their outrage over the BJP – PDP government headed by Mehbooba Mufti in Jammu and Kashmir.

Hundreds of Rahul’s followers and Congress party workers with national leaders viz Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Hooda, Sanjay Nirupam etc marched alongwith Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi holding candles and playcards denouncing the Mehbooba Mufti – BJP government for the inaction in the Asifa gangrape and horrendous murder episode.

The marchers were silent and speedly marching towards India Gate carrying playcards, where the candle light procession finally converged. Castigating the state government of inaction in the Kathua gangrape and murder case Rahul Gandhi termed it a gruesome act against humanity and charged the BJP of communalising the situation to save the culprits.

Taking to Twitter the Nehru Gandhi scion and the Congress president said: How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil? What happenned to Asifa at Kathua, is a crime against humanity. It cannot go unpunished. What have we become if we allow politics to interfere with such unimaginable brutality perpetrated on an innocent child. Rahul tweeted.

It may be recalled that in the case of Asifa as well as in the UP matter involving an MLA in a rape case, both the BJP state governments have annoyed the opposition leaders as well as the local populace for the inaction. The media is excessively highlighting both the issues leading to the state and central government’s insult as in UP, centre as well in Jammu, Kashmir the BJP is running the political show with partnership in J& K. The matter of Asifa gangrape and murder has assumed national and even global significance inviting the attention of governments, courts and human right bodies.

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