Friday, November 30, 2007

Mamoni’s story on the stripped adivasi girl was in bad taste

This refers to the front page story of Mamoni Raisom Goswami published in The Telegraph, Guwahati edition dated 28th November 2007.

Mamoni is a great writer and I have high regard for her but being an adivasi myself I sensed more dramatics in her story than outrage. The pain and anguish of the victim that should have come out of that story was missing.

Sentences like “their eyes lit up on seeking a nubile young girl in their grasp… like a deer amidst a pack of wolves”; “Then they attacked her churidar-kurta; the chunni was first to be pulled away… the unmistakable sound of clothes being ripped apart”; “One by one, they ripped off her clothes…” It was in bad taste.

It seems she was relishing describing the horrendously sad incident in dramatized detail. Now, that also makes me wonder, is The Telegraph becoming voyeuristic?

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, This is another atrocity against the lower castes in the full glare of media and the public. As I used to argue with some of friends in JNU, New Delhi, unless the lower castes take the cudgels in their own hands, nothing is going to happen. The reason is very simple: we have witnessed in JNU during the OBC reservation bill, how upper caste people with idealogical leanings ranging from ultra-left to right collaborted to oppose the empowerment of the lower castes. Ironically, these are the same people who shed crocodile tears for the poor.