Sex crime reporting up 30 percent since Dec 16
New Delhi: The reporting of sex crimes has increased nearly 30 percent after the Dec 16 gang-rape case, Daniel Drache, professor of political science at York University in Canada and visiting professor at Jamia Millia Islamia, said on Monday.
Speaking at a lecture entitled "Sex Crimes Reporting in the Indian Press", Drache, who is also associate director of the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, said the main problem India is facing is violence against women. He compared reporting of sex crimes before the Dec 16 incident and afterwards, and said the mass media could cause a transformation, and change the conscience of people.
"Violence against women is a permanent fixture in the Indian press, with the most brutal cases garnering the greatest attention," he said.
The gangrape case of 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, who was brutally sexually assaulted by six men, including a juvenile, in a moving bus on Dec 16, 2012, has increased sex crimes reporting in Indian media, he said. Drache said the Dec 16, 2012 case has been "taking between 10-20 percent of the share of rape stories, across varying storylines".
The academic pointed to the extensive coverage of that brutal crime in the foreign press, and said the media was becoming the centre for the transforming changes in society.
"The most widely covered rape case in recent history, the Dec 16 rape case, has been described as a watershed moment where national outrage has effectively directed the news agenda for over three months," the professor said, adding: "The globalization of this case intensified the press coverage, and it created a large public space for debate and the venting of anger".