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Glorification of Harassment in Bollywood Movies: Can the Censor Board Undo It?

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‘Tera Naam’, ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Ranjhana’ are a few examples of glorification of harassment in Bollywood movies. Most of these movies and their perspectives are marked by a patriarchal mindset and masculine lens, often romanticising the victim’s trauma as an act of ‘falling in love’. Tejaswi Shetty studies such performances of stalking and harassment potent in contributing to crime against women. She also understands the role of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and how they could be effective.

Hampering Judicial Independence: Media Trials in India, Its History and a Fresh Perspective

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Media trials in India have become more common than one would imagine; what started as a benign form of investigative reporting have spread like a wildfire of fake news and speculation. Therefore, these media trials invalidate legitimate media reporting by casting a shadow of unverified claims and generalisation. Ishita Singh and Harsh Bhargava present the predicament of media trials and how they could weaken judicial decision-making and democracy. They offer the essential historical point that marks the beginning of media trials in India and the world, presenting various principles that allow spaces for egalitarian reporting.

Media Trial, Stifling Democracy and Affected Judiciary: How Did We Get Here?

There is an undeniable synergy between media, democratic ideals, and the judiciary. Although media is assumed to restore democracy, in reality, it is far from doing its job. In the article, Mayannk Sharma explains the linkages between a well-functioning democracy and vigilant media. He highlights how media has failed to do its job since it’s too obsessed with improving television ratings. The same has led to media trials, which have further cast a shadow on the ‘actual’ trial.

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Constitutionality of Media Trials in India: A Detailed Analysis

Media plays a vital role in moulding the opinion of the society and it is capable of changing the whole viewpoint through which people perceive various events. Heinous crimes must be condemned and the media would be justified in calling for the perpetrators to be punished in accordance with the law. However, the media cannot usurp the functions of the judiciary and deviate from objective and unbiased reporting. While a media shackled by government regulations is unhealthy for democracy, the implications of continued unaccountability are even more damaging. Steps need to be taken in order to prevent media trials from eroding the civil rights of citizens, whereby the media have a clearer definition of their rights and duties, and the courts are given the power to punish those who flagrantly disregard them.


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