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Indian TV broadcasts live sexual assault as entertainment news

by | 15th, July 2012

TO Guwahati, north-east India, where TV journalists for the NewsLive channel are filming a live sexual assault. In filming the attack, the TV crew have enabled men to be captured on camera and arrested. But should they have stepped in to stop it?

India’s home minister, P Chidambaram, says: “[The] molestation of women anywhere in India is condemnable.”

 

The chief minister of Assam state, Tarun Gogoi, adds: “No one has the right to molest anyone. I have asked the police to keep a vigil on the anti-social elements.”

NewsLive TV’s editor-in-chief, Atanu Bhuyan, says: “Some [media] questioned me as to why my reporter and camera person shot the incident and didn’t prevent the mob from molesting the girl. But I’m backing my team since the mob would have attacked them, prevented them from shooting, that would have only destroyed all evidence.”

What about the testimony of the 17-year-old victim? what about her word and the words of the TV crew and journalists? Bhuyan works on the David Attenborough assumption that the TV can only reflect life in the great outdoors and not

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