Airing of selective footage flayed

The students of St Aloysius College boycotted classes, in protest against the attack on youth who were celebrating birthday party on Saturday night, by the members of Hindu Jagarana Vedike. 

Addressing the students in a protest meet, College Principal Fr Swebert D’Silva said that people who behave in an uncivilized manner with fellow human beings is a burden for the society.

“The act reflects barbarism and violation of basic human rights on the part of the intruders.

It is highly disturbing to note that the frequent occurrence of these incidents have affected the peaceful co existence in civil society in general and the women and girl students in particular,” he said.

“The airing of selective footage depicting women in a poor light indicates ulterior motives on the part of the broadcasters. This is in violation of the Indecent Representation of Women Act of 1986,” he added.

Coming down heavily on electronic media, he said that the video clippings beamed repeatedly show that the attackers molested the women and manhandled the whole group in spite of them pleading innocence. 

St Aloysius College Political Science HoD Dr Rosveera said that media should be more responsible in reporting such issues. “Media should follow ethical news gathering methods. Instead of sensationalising the incident, they should behave in a mature way,” she added.

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