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    ‘Selective national outrage against rape’ By P C Vinoj Kumar 26 Dec 2012 Vol 3 Issue 50 As the nation’s outrage over the gang-rape of a young girl in
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      ‘Selective national outrage against rape’
      By P C Vinoj Kumar
      26 Dec 2012

      Vol 3 Issue 50
      As the nation’s outrage over the gang-rape of a young girl in New
      Delhi has sparked a debate on the kind of punishment that needs to be
      given to rapists, an email from a reader raises uncomfortable
      questions on the criteria for bringing issues to national limelight.

      In a nation where scores of women are daily molested, raped, and
      humiliated, why only few cases get the attention they deserve and the
      others don’t? What are the factors that determine which issue gets
      media attention and which does not? Does the background of the victim
      matter?


      The email mentions an incident that took place in Guwahati few years
      ago – attached are some photos from the mail - and wonders what
      happened to the men, who stripped and molested some Adivasi women
      protestors who belonged to the All Assam Adivasi Students’
      Association.

      The television channel, CNN-IBN, had reported the incident. It was
      reported that a “local Assamese businessman, identified as Ratul
      Burman, was seen attacking a woman after she was stripped during
      clashes.”


      Courtesy: CNN-IBN
      Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had assured then that the government
      would “demand maximum punishment for him.”

      The reader wants to know what kind of punishment was meted out to
      Ratul Burman and whether the media or any of the activist groups can
      follow up on the incident and tell him if the perpetrators of the
      crime had got punishment they deserved.

      Any volunteers?

      P C Vinoj Kumar is Editor of The Weekend Leader
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