Indian News Media Has Become Tabloid and Sexist

October 22, 2017 – 2:16 am

It is few years now that the actual news section has become smaller and tabloid contents and everything else fills space on their website: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/. It churns out articles daily like:-

Lisa Ray raises temperature in Thiland

Taapsee Pannu turn up the heat

Sanjay Dutts daughter flaunts her well toned body in a sizzling outfit

The first picture in Lisa Ray’s article has the following caption:

Lisa Ray, who has been away from the limelight for quite some time now, is raising temperatures in bikini as she celebrates her wedding anniversary in Thailand. 

So Times of India thinks women need to get in their bikini or raise temperature to come back or stay in limelight? Newspapers / websites like this actually objectifies women and tend to show that women is just their sexuality. I think women is much more than just their sexuality. Such posts just goes to promote that sexuality sells.

Before going further I would like to clarify that I am not against what anyone wears. It is their personal choice. What I want to message is newspapers / news websites has become tabloids. News has been made as a commodity and only that news is pushed which can bring TRP. Why women’s group or feminists do not object to such articles? Professional feminists always talk of objectification of women. Don’t they know how objectification of women happens or who does it? But they will be always very generic and blame men. Because it is the easiest thing to do. Touching or finger pointing at people in the media or the establishment is not something they want to risk. Liberals / pseudo liberals will say this is liberation of women. But what kind of liberation of they have in mind for women. In India women at large should should be able to see through it.

Somewhere I had read recently where Hugh Hefner had claimed that through Playboy magazine he had worked on Women’s liberation. Not sure what kind of women’s liberation he achieved in his Playboy mansion! General women should not fall for propaganda which is played day in and day out. If women at large are able to look at the issue with little more open mind they will be able to see the vested interests that are playing out. These days everybody talks of women empowerment and has become sort of fashion. But we need to note that when something becomes everybody’s business then it is actually nobody’s business. Most in the position of power or in the establishment gives lip service and actual issue is never focused on. Maybe they don’t want to address it either. Women empowerment is a huge business and seen as a vote bank as well.

When all sorts of media is promoting sexuality but then why only men is blamed? These days in media there are scores of women are in powerful decisions making positions. What are they doing about it? Well the blame will continue to be on men as it is the most convenient and easiest thing to do. And mind it no risk or repercussions  are involved in it. We talk of only objectification of women but on the other hand objectification of men also happens. But main stream media never speaks about it. Men are objectified as a provider. Men’s respect barometer runs on how much he is able to provide. If he is unable to provide then he will be termed unsuccessful and junked. However feminists will not talk about the media which is run by the leftists or pseudo liberals. Leftist or pseudo liberal media are the darling of feminists. Women at large in India just join the dotted lines and you will be able to see through it.

Supreme Court of India Says Sex with Minor Bride is Rape

October 13, 2017 – 6:50 pm

Supreme court of India recently gave a verdict that sex with minor bride is rape. So what does this means?

It means girls who are married under the age of 18 and if their husband have sexual intercourse with them, it will be considered as rape. The girl in such cases will be able to complain within 1 year of such incident.

I do not support child marriage and wish that child marriage is eradicated. But the reality is still a large number of child marriages takes place in India. Probably two ways to eradicate it:

  1. By bringing social awareness in society
  2. By bringing adequate law

So the law has been has been updated following supreme courts judgement in response to a PIL filed by an NGO called Independent Thoughts. Lets now see how the Supreme court (SC) came to this judgement. In India the age of consent for women is 18 years. So before that they are not legally in a position to consent to marriage or sex and any sexual intercourse will be considered rape. Section 375 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) which criminalizes rape has two exceptions. Exception #2 says sexual intercourse with minor wife who is of or above the age of 15 would not qualify as rape. Now SC has struck down exception #2. But rather than just solving the issue of child marriage, it has opened a pandora’s box on the other side of the coin.

Under 18 years of age girl is unable to legally give consent then who is deciding their marriage? It is the girl’s parents in most cases. Then why only the husband is be termed as rapist. What if husband is also a minor? What about his consent? Child marriages mostly happen in the country side in India where minor children’s parents decide the marriage alliance. So the parents are culpable for the crime of child marriage than the boy (husband). If law makers or SC really wants to curb the root case then it should make the parents culpable for crime. The parents of the girl should be even more culpable for crime as they are the once deciding the minor girl’s marriage. Hence the girl’s parents should be tried for abatement to rape. But alas! only the husband has been declared as a criminal.  Now if the minor girl’s family has any problem with the boy’s family or if the minor girl do not wish to stay with the boy or if she just wish can file a rape case against her husband. We already have lakhs of matrimonial cases in the court. Be ready for more cases to join the courts. So when a complaint will be made, gender biased police will not even attempt to find whether a sexual intercourse had taken place. Police will take the minor girl’s statement as gospel truth and the husband will be behind bar.

Now lets see how the age of consent for women evolved in India and their comparison with other countries. 

In 1892, matrimonial sex and subsequent death of a 10-year-old girl, Phulmoni Dasi, caused the age of consent to be raised from 10 to 12. In 1949, it was raised to 15 after agitation from women groups about the adverse effect of early pregnancy. In 1982, it was again raised to 16. On 3 April 2014 the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 came into effect which raised the legal permissible age for sexual consent from 16 to 18.

Age of Consent Countries
12 The Philippines
13 Japan, South Korea
14 Bangladesh, China, East Timor, Israel (not involving penetration), Macau, Myanmar
15 Cambodia, Indonesia (according to the Indonesian Penal Code), Iraq, Laos, North Korea, Syria
16 Brunei, Hong Kong (heterosexual and male same-sex), Israel (involving penetration), Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Palestine (West Bank), Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan (regarding sex between females, heterosexual acts, and oral sex between males), Vietnam
18 Bhutan, India, Indonesia (according to the Child Protection Act), Iraq, Lebanon, Thailand,
21 Bahrain
Must be Married Afghanistan, Iran, Kuwait, Maldives, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine (Gaza Strip), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen (may be superseded by tribal law)

See how the law makers have created an anomaly by raising the age of consent for women to 18 years when child marriage is a reality in India. People in remote villages of India may not be even aware of this update. Government should do mass social awareness programs in this regard. Also, our law makers and courts should look to solve the complete spectrum of the problem. The root cause of child marriages are the parents of the minors. And the parents of the girl child should be even more responsible. If the minor girl’s parents do not agree for marriage then how a child marriage can take place. We should have strict provision of law to  convict the parents of the minor girl’s parents if we really want to eradicate child marriage.

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