Did justice succumb to the Media?

Posted on November 26, 2013

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Arushi-Hemraj Double Murder case was probably one case that shook entire of the nation. Thanks to the free media of India, today we deem that we know almost everything about the case. From its key witness to Arushi’s neighbour; from the stair case of the apartment where the most unfortunate murder took place to its roof; from Arushi’s friends to the current tenant of the apartment. We know everyone, thanks to the media.

This is probably one Media Trail that will go down as a perfect example for many journalism students. Why not? It will be not surprising if all the cumulative evidence and facts collected by the media surpasses the ones collected by the CBI by a huge margin.  In fact, Indian media should be proud of itself that it did not let such a heinous crime go away such easily. It did not let the CBI just close the case. It reminded them every time, ‘there is just more to it’.

Today this might just not be the day to write about it, but still, how much would have the media bothered had the Talwar couple not being convicted?  There question here being, what did the media want? After all the efforts put by whole of the industry, all it wanted was the closure of the case with a concrete judgement. Hence if given a chance to predict the judgement beforehand, it was very much sure that the Talwars would be convicted and there were. Had they been not, there would have been another dead end to the whole issue and the fight for #JusticeForArushi would have carried on by the media.

Going by the majority of news report, they seemed pretty concrete about the fact that Dr. Rajesh and Nupur Talwar did kill their daughter and their servant from Nepal. Some media organizations like Tehelka did bring out its own investigation reports which suggested that the doctor couple was farmed. In fact they brought out some facts unknown to many of us. Wonder if CBI knew about them. But none of them were concrete enough to prove that Talwars did not do this. Not concrete enough because media has manufactured this consent that no one else could of killed the duo. Hence this remains a far more complicated issue and it would definitely be in appropriate to comment here because of the sheer ambiguity of the whole issue. This mystery would probably always remain a mystery. But there is just one question to be asked, as an Indian, a keen follower of media; ‘Did justice succumb to the Media?’

Also in addition, ‘Did media cross its line somewhere while investigating this case?’ I stand by the fact that it was the moral responsibility of the fourth estate to prove justice to the two deceased soul. It was their moral responsibility to guide the judiciary to indentify the culprit, but was it necessary for them to commercialize the whole issue?

Days before the verdict was about to be announced web space, newspaper and television was flooded with stories related to Arushi and Hemraj. Every media house had their own share of exclusive story. Some carried statements and interviews of Arushi’s close friends and relatives. That was perfectly fine. But how relevant would be a story done on the current tenant of the house, asking them if they were scared about living in the apartment? How relevant would be a personal experience of a reporter who covered the story to the case? As in, how will justice be served if the current resident of the house says, “We are not scared of ghosts because we are Muslim.” How relevant would a dairy entry of a reporter or cell phone shoot of the building be an addition to the process of judgement?

This is just for the curious Indian public isn’t it? A public who is more interested in knowing what’s happening in their neighbour’s apartment rather than keeping an eye on what’s happening in their own family. Not sure, how many questions listed above would actually be answered when we failed to get the real mystery solved. More spice would be added once the Talwars appeal to a higher court and more and more business would definitely be made out of it. It will just good to end here that, ‘justice would be served.’

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