Anil Thakraney: Rape: News channels get it all wrong

27 Aug,2013

By Anil Thakraney


In a frantic attempt to come up with a new ‘angle’ on the gangrape incident, some television channels have taken off on a wild tangent. All the debates about ‘Two Mumbais’, ‘Clash of the Haves and the Have-nots’, ‘Influx of Migrants’, etc, have been keeping me quite amused. All bollocks.


The problem in this case is clear: It was a plain and simple case of policing failure. And all these bizarre arguments are serving only one purpose: Get the cops off the hook. What happened inside the abandoned Shakti Mills compound is this: A few criminals got lucky. They had discovered a secluded adda to conduct their nefarious deeds, and had found it to be a cool pad to obtain free sex, read, rape women who happened to be passing by. Mirror’s headline, which revealed the exchange between the rapists, says it all: ‘Mehmaan aaye hain, khatirdari karne aaja.’ While only further investigations will (hopefully) reveal the truth, it’s clear that the gang had assaulted women before, perhaps on several occasions. And these unfortunate victims could have been ragpickers, maids, college students, couples looking for a private dating spot… just about anybody. Because the woman who reported the incident happens to come from the middle class does not mean the dregs of this city were out to fix the rich city girl. She just happened to be at the wrong spot, it could have been anyone in her place.


Instead, the media pressure should be on the bumbling cops. While they have done a good job post the rape, one has to ask why they aren’t patrolling such desolate spots that are located right in the center of the city, why they aren’t evicting all the squatters from out of there?  Surely their khabris would know that Shakti Mills has been taken over by anti-social elements. And this has nothing to do with shortage of police staff. Try parking your car in a Lokhandwala or Bandra or Colaba lane at 11pm, with your partner sitting beside you, and within minutes a patrol team will arrive to kick you out of there. Even if you are only chatting. This tells me the cops find it great fun to harass the aam aadmi, but getting after drug addicts who are happily chilling in lonely places is too much of a bother. And perhaps boring.


In short, all these crazy debates are only ensuring the cops don’t take responsibility for what is very clearly their fault.


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One response to “Anil Thakraney: Rape: News channels get it all wrong”

  1. Guest says:

    The cops at least deserve credit for hunting down the perpetrators swiftly.