It is fascinating how our media folks who don’t want to report a serious incident (involving allegations against Muslims) want to report on it the moment they get a chance to cloud the whole issue. In other cases where a Hindu is involved they want to scream at the top of their lungs. Take the case of Mumbai DIG Sunil Palaskar. Some aspiring model alleged rape or molestation against him and the whole media went to town. Arnab Goswami, in particular, screamed at the top of his lungs about how the Sena defended him and how the man should be hanged. It turns out the model was making allegations in the hope of getting into a reality show (see report). Since that happened, the entire media went dead silent. No one spoke about demanding a serious punishment for this woman who made fake allegations. This selective outrage over incidents is what makes our media communal hypocrites. During the Saharanpur riots the same media again went dead quiet when the aggressors were clearly Muslims but when they get the chance, even without any evidence, they are quick to point to right wing conspiracies.
The same is true for the Meerut gangrape case. The entire media went dead silent and hardly reported much about it. The police were also slow on action. Nobody in the media screamed about anything. On the contrary, they were busy playing victims. Here’s the iRudali reacting to people asking why no outrage over Meerut:
Since she had no answers to why no coverage of Meerut, Barkha claims rape threats to her and other women. Who made these threats? And other women got such threats too? And they all ran to iRudali to whine? This BS is concocted to troll those who target her for selective reporting. It is nothing short of clear, mindless mischief. Cheap victimhood! The Meerut case is reportedly an abduction of a Hindu Madrasa teacher, confined in various places, gangraped and forcibly converted to Islam. That’s the story which the media is not seeking the truth about. They don’t want to. But the moment they find an opening to cloud the case and trash the woman’s story they all jump at it. The rape itself won’t be shocking headlines but the “twist” will. Here we go:
So guy called Kaleem is reportedly her “husband”. Based on what evidence? Based on a form that Kaleem and the woman supposedly signed on the form at the hospital which operated her for ectopic pregnancy. Okay! We will get to that part a bit later. So once this husband is touted by the media the great Bhupendra Chaube (BC) of CNN-IBN decides to go to Meerut and do a show. It’s not for nothing that BC is popularly known as “Scoopendra” on SM. You see, he is the scoop master. And what does he do there? He assembles 2 Hindus, 2 Muslims and a cop and does a street debate in front of a Christian college (Sophia). Talk about BC creating communal harmony. Of course, for the camera he made sure both the Hindus and the Muslims shook hands and hugged each other at the end of the show (why did he leave the cop out? Cops don’t need love and affection?). Predictably, the foolish debate was on the alarming right wing menace and stuff on Twitter (anchored by Shreya Dhondiyal from the studio) instigating communal riots. This is as much intelligence and brains that our media morons demonstrate. BC did not have one single para on the sequence of events in Saharanpur and Meerut (he was discussing both). None! Here are the headlines and scrolls CNN-IBN was running through the show:
Look at the top headline. “Small instances”! So Saharanpur and Meerut gangrape were “small instances” according to BC. Really? Looks like the moron learned from his former boss that anything less than 1000 deaths are not serious. And then it says “Victim MAY have been in a relationship… got pregnant by him”. How do these morons know? Did the hospital or they do any DNA test? The fact that media uses “MAY” is the art of peddling an unconfirmed fact to create the “perception” for you to believe that is the truth. It is not! You need some scientific evidence to claim it was Kaleem who got her pregnant. The other choice is both the woman and Kaleem confirm it. Did they? I haven’t seen the woman confirm it was indeed Kaleem’s baby. These are assumptions on which the media is reporting. So BC gets trashed for his bogus reporting and show. What does he do? The pathetic man does what his idol Barkha does. Play victim!
Threatened to kill you? This is turning out to be quite a story. People threaten to rape Barkha and her “other women” and they threaten to kill BC. Shouldn’t BC be filing a police complaint if he received death threats? Can he put up a copy of any FIR that he registered? And then abuse you and hate you for speaking the truth? Which part of all this doesn’t like lame victimhood? People may not like the show or may not agree with its content but this is really taking victimhood a bit too far. And what is the great truth that BC exposed to us? Oh wait! Here’s his truth:
Conspiracy? Time to expose real culprits? You were there in Meerut, you blabbered about Saharanpur. What is it that stopped you from investigating thoroughly and exposing the real culprits? And we thought the man just said he wasn’t scared and that he will stand for the truth. Where is the truth? Who are the culprits? What is the conspiracy? All vague, nonsensical statements coming out of a man who is unfit to call himself a journo. All that BC wanted to revel in was to throw a spanner in the works, create suspicion, point to the usual suspects (right wing on the ground and on SM) for all the troubles in UP. He forgot to end the show with “Mission Accomplished”. As simple as that. Kanchan Gupta rightly points to the mischief and asks a few questions on how the media is trying to cloud the issue and become an accomplice to an attempted cover-up:
They attempted that in the Tejpal case and they are doing it now again. So now that we have come this far, let’s go a little farther and see how the reports actually imply that the girl was a “willful wife” in the whole affair. Here are excerpts from TOI and let us ask some more questions:
"Her relationship with Kaleem surfaced with the help of a call detail report (CDR) in which it was found that the woman had spent hours talking to this man before her disappearance on July 23," said SSP Onkar Singh.
Interesting, eh? She was talking to him on the phone before she disappeared, so let’s assume she had a relationship with him as the reports imply. What happened to her mobile after that? Why is it that for over a month she couldn’t make one phone call or send one message to her parents or any of her friends? If she wasn’t abducted and held illegally, her alleged husband should have given her mobile back to her after the operation on July 23. Isn’t it? Did you ask Chaubeji?
“According to the police, the girl, accompanied by Kaleem, had approached local gynecologist Sushila Jairath after she suffered acute pain in her abdomen. After medical examination, the woman was found with ectopic pregnancy, a condition in which the embryo gets implanted in one of the fallopian tubes. She had been carrying this for 45 days. She was prescribed immediate operation. On July 23, the couple reached Meerut Medical College and signed a consent form as 'husband and wife ' after which the surgery began. The woman stayed in the hospital till July 27”.
The couple signed a consent form as “husband and wife”. Alright! That the hospital chose to operate on her considering it maybe an emergency is absolutely fine. Didn’t it ever occur to this stupid hospital that here’s a Muslim guy and presumably a Hindu woman claiming to be husband and wife and they sought no IDs? Is that so normal in that region? Aren’t hospitals supposed to check IDs or at least have some verification of what is written in a form? Never mind! This was not an accident case; this is a pregnancy-related case. That’s serious enough to ask if the hospital followed legal procedures in such a case. How is it that a man brings his supposed wife to a hospital for a pregnancy-related operation and the doctor or the nurses or the admin people don’t even wonder why none of the girl’s parents or family members are not accompanying them? Or were they? They don’t even verify the IDs of the persons considering the nature of the case? She was there for 4 days in that hospital. Didn’t she have any visitors at all? Doesn’t that appear odd? Does that seem normal to you? Does that seem normal to the police or the hospital? Did you ask Chaubeji?
“Earlier, the woman had said she was operated upon in Muzaffarnagar though the police insisted it was in a Meerut hospital, something that Dr Pradeep Bharti, principal, Meerut Medical College, confirmed subsequently. "There was no controversy at that point of time and we did what was necessary to save a life. This woman had come to the hospital with a ruptured tubal pregnancy and we in the normal course of procedure operated upon her," he said”.
The contradiction of Muzaffarnagar or Meerut is not significant enough to render the case a fake one, which is what our media folks and some political parties want. In a traumatic experience victims are known to be disoriented, incoherent and blabber a lot of contradictory things. What is important is that every aspect of the case be scientifically tested and with evidence. The hospital guys need to be questioned and investigated too.
The real question is who is twisting the Meerut gangrape case? It is not the victim or her family members. It is the media (people like BC and his gang) and deliberately so. UP police can hardly be trusted to carry out any sensible investigation. If there is anger in the society which leads to communal tension then that cannot be an excuse to downplay a case of abduction and gangrape. That doesn’t stand the test of any reason. It is our media that is trying the best to twist the case without as much as basic investigation. They are yet to ask some basic questions before they make motherhood statements like “twist in the case”.