Media is supposed to be the fourth pillar of democracy.
And in a country like India, where a major population depends on the news channels for daily updates, it becomes imperative that they air sensible content.
But the opposite seems to be happening in India. A national news channel recently crossed all lines of sensitivity and logic when they aired the news about Rhea Chakraborty, Sushant Singh’s girlfriend, involved in black magic.
While reports suggest that Sushant’s sister Mitu Singh has accused Rhea of doing black magic on her brother during interrogation by Bihar police, this kind of reporting on national media is uncalled for.
Twitter too pointed out the unethical and insensitive aspects in this reporting by the news channel. Netizens even accused the channel of spreading misinformation and propagating superstitious beliefs.
Is this not a crime? Accusations of black magic. I found the Anti Superstition & Black Magic Act of Maharashtra, 2013 and it said clearly that it is a crime to accuse a person of black magic. https://t.co/tBdehgE6i7— Naomi Datta (@nowme_datta) July 30, 2020
The Editor of this so called ‘news channel’ should be arrested under existing anti-superstition laws https://t.co/JWgZF71MzX— Samrat X (@MrSamratX) July 30, 2020
how is this not going to affect that young girl who is probably 24-25 yr old n subjected to such mockery in guise of journalism? She deserves her time in court n so does Sushant’s family. Taking rants of relatives n making them mainstream news screen grabs is sick. SAD! https://t.co/A3hnpfXXea— anjilee istwal (@anjileeistwal) July 30, 2020
What the hell.— Asmita Nandy (@NandyAsmita) July 30, 2020
What the actual hell. https://t.co/0DdOEC8KKN
Wtf. For once I thought this country was taking mental health and depression seriously. Now kala jaadu? So fucking irresponsible. https://t.co/VRe2CWeeLK— 𝕲𝖗𝖊𝖒𝕲 (@catttobaby) July 31, 2020
Indians and their incessant need to demonise a woman to justify the actions of a grown ass male😍 https://t.co/e0GSmShClc— Rajma chawal stan acc. (@malahatnayaar) July 31, 2020
I remember having a long discussion with a friend about how scary it was that our #1 soaps were about naagins and dayans and we ended that discussion by saying we’re over thinking it. It was only a matter of time before that naagin/Dayan jumped from the soaps to the news channels https://t.co/BlKUO6PitH— out of context aditi mittal (@awryaditi) July 31, 2020
If anyone is giving unnecessary attention to this case and making it worse, it’s the media as usual. Police is doing its work. Fans are doing their bit by providing support. His family too is just exercising their legal rights. If you need to question anyone, question this. https://t.co/6tCJFJLv1O— Stuti (@StuteeMishra) July 30, 2020
And this is the The No.1 “News Channel” of our Country. https://t.co/YVvE4nv3S7— Shaikh juned (@Shaikh64) July 31, 2020
This shit is going next level now 🙈 https://t.co/ERTwq4KCsh— RANVEER (@Ranveer_Chelsea) July 30, 2020
Such a disgrace this media is.. no limit to their nonsense https://t.co/4fOFhntq2J— प्रताप (@_pratap__) July 30, 2020
Wow.. Just wow! Sorry Sushant, we have failed you. Big time!! 😒 https://t.co/RrFqxyqrIu— Do dhari talvar (@nilukman) July 31, 2020
It is beyond me how channels can peddle absolute filth in the name of news, day in & day out, with absolutely no consequence or penalties. Infact, it only makes them richer Coz apparently this shit works! Shame on you @aajtak. https://t.co/IUKQ7KpXYx— Varun Lalwani (@lalwanivarun) July 31, 2020
Wtf is wrong with ppl— Kalai💕|芸術| கலை (@mynameisKalai) July 30, 2020
Can they pls end this fking bait and let him rest ffs
Stop using his face for things like this .. it’s disgraceful disrespectful https://t.co/ZRmTg3Ddti
This is not the first time, the channel has been called out for its insensitive reporting. Earlier too, they reached Sushant Singh’s house in Patna, immediately after his demise to get his family’s statement.
Have we reached the lowest standards of Indian journalism?