Ban unethical and irresponsible journalism.
  • Petitioned Chief Minister of Assam

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Government of Assam
Chief Minister of Assam

Ban unethical and irresponsible journalism.

    1. Kasturi Ratan  Verma
    2. Petition by

      Kasturi Ratan Verma

      guwahati, Assam, India

Guwahati has been hit by a terribly shocking incident of a girl being molested by a group of twenty men, beating her up mercilessly before stripping her clothes and molesting her in one of the busiest roads of Guwahati. The Incident did not happen with the 20 men and the girl alone in the busiest road but present there people from media, who filmed the entire molestation without fail and made it viral on youtube. On watching that video, it would send chill up your spine to see men giggling and enjoying the video-making session. The so called media people who ought to be concerned about the well being of the society have mindlessly put the video on their channel for the greed of TRP. Instead of calling the police, since there wasn't any police present in the busiest road of guwahati, or lending her a hand, they have ended up enjoying the immoral character assassination of the girl while the girl was shouting and crying for help and trying to cover her face at the same time.

The other day, media flashed all the girls who roam around wearing shorts in Guwahati. This has been justified by the higher authorities. Instead of concerning oneself with the safety and insisting on imposing strong police protection, these are the steps being taken. It has become a matter of great concern among us, who are in a constant battle between getting flashed in the news and taking embarrassment to a whole new level and between being safe in Guwahati.

We agree that the video has helped us catch the three criminals, but the need to flash it on TV is nothing but immoral, careless and unethical journalism which leads to traumatizing and psychological impact on the victim's mind which might take a lot of time to undo the impact caused. How safe are we in Guwahati? There were no police posted in the busiest road of Guwahati, no traffic police even and media present there, instead of taking care of the situation and calling for police help, mishandled the situation in the best way possible. Also, since there is no law in the constitution or any state law which defines what a girl must wear on road, media must not be allowed to flash girls who dress scantily according to them and flash it on TV. Scarring a person for life by such display in the name of journalism is completely disturbing, raises questions in every mind and people being constantly attacked by it, is a very sad situation in the city.

We have tolerated long enough and we need action to be taken. We need responsible journalism in the city, banning the license of immoral unethical and careless journalism and strong police protection for people, especially girls.

Initiative by : Kasturi Ratan Verma, Priyanjana Das and Shruti Sarma Hazarika.

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    1. Congrats on the 1500'th signature.

      Kasturi Ratan  Verma
      Petition Organizer

      Also, I would like to share this one message that I got from an engineering student today morning:

      I may be a stranger to you, but i am not a stranger to your efforts. I have been following the numbers of petitions signed everyday and urged all my friends over facebook to sign the same. Great work and wish you good luck ahead. I just hope the media doesnt make another news as a cover up for this.
      We need to restrict some of the rights of media, all they want is TRP. There is an attachment,where you will find Atanu Bhuyan comparing the TRP's of all assamese channels,on his FB wall. I have taken a snapshot of that. Their intentions are clear,..they will victimize anybody,...for publicity. They are a threat to the security and safety of women and children and to our culture,..which,we INDIANS are proud of.

      Ritukesh Bharali
      4th sem Student,Assam Engineering College

    2. Reached 1,500 signatures
    3. SLUTWALK, YES or a NO? Be direct and not PARTIALLY DIRECT :p

      Kasturi Ratan  Verma
      Petition Organizer

      Limping with a sprained foot and most of the people doing nothing but freting and fuming about it, if 30 men can molest her, and only 6 be caught till now, I still strongly believe we must all come out and start the slutwalk intro.

      Kasturi Ratan Verma

    4. An open letter written by a 16 year old to the authorities.

      Kasturi Ratan  Verma
      Petition Organizer

      One of the cutest messages that I came across on facebook, I HAD to attach this. THIS KID IS GOING PLACES, Don't believe me? HAVE A LOOK AT THE LINK.

      Kasturi Ratan Verma
      Priyanjana Das
      Shruti Sarma Hazarika

    5. Now that its on the FRONT page of the newspaper, OUR Open Letter to the CM.

      Kasturi Ratan  Verma
      Petition Organizer

      We are eagerly waiting for the CM to respond to this, believe me, we are doing whatever we can to get this thing sorted. Thank you for your support again, Love.

    6. A beautiful write-up by Neelanjana Barua. *very proud of her*

      Kasturi Ratan  Verma
      Petition Organizer

      Read it, *hats off and bows down*

    7. Whooppaa on the 1000th signature :)

      Kasturi Ratan  Verma
      Petition Organizer

      We were believers, and now we are 'SUPER' believers and most importantly CONFIDENT about this, you have just taken us one step higher. Thank you for the love and support people. Much love and many many many THANKS!

      Kasturi Ratan Verma

      Priyanjana Das

      Shruti Sarma Hazarika

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures
    9. 786, 786 (saat soh chaiyaassii), Inshallah!

      Kasturi Ratan  Verma
      Petition Organizer

      Lucky number, Please be good to us :)

      Kasturi Ratan Verma
      Priyanjana Das
      Shruti Sarma Hazarika

    10. Reached 750 signatures
    11. We are working on getting print media houses to publish our open letter :)

      Kasturi Ratan  Verma
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for all your support people, really appreciate it.
      Also, If anyone happens to have a contact in the print media world that can help us in this regard, please let us know, we will be thrilled to read your message ! Thanks a bunch again.

      Oh and 686 signatures, and still counting !

      Regards,

      Kasturi Ratan Verma
      Priyanjana Das
      Shruti Sarma Hazarika

    12. Reached 500 signatures

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    • debasish chetia GUWAHATI, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      necessary to stop irresponsible acts of publicity

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    • writuraj dutta GUWAHATI, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      because naive people are watching this nonsense and being disturbed and been barred from the reality

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    • Chandan Mala NEW DELHI, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      The silence of the authorities has prompted the common (wo)man to step forward for justice.... Any true man will acknowledge the cowardice of those disgusting men.... What needs to be done to put them behind bars, needs to be done... There are no two ways about that....

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    • Herock Medhi GUWAHATI, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I want to bring about a change in the society !

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    • Saima Azim AYODHYA, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      Media is for the people and not against the people.... it should not landup on the wrong side... such irresponsible journalist should be shown the power of right administration and shou;d be taught a lesson..

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