Seven years ago on December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old paramedic student, now known as Nirbhaya, was brutally gang-raped by six people while she was on her way back home. She later died of her injuries. At that time, the whole country collectively demanded justice for the victim. It has been seven years now. The family of Nirbhaya is moving from pillar to post for the punishment of the accused but the court proceedings seem an unending process. Since then, the media started its trial and made a hue and cry about the fast-track proceedings of the case. There are only a few media organisations that have not demanded the death sentence for the accused.

After seven years of this brutal incident, we have witnessed hundreds of such incidents in which women and minor girls have been gang-raped and murdered. Most of the accused are roaming free because of the lack of evidence. Nevertheless, the media is playing its role by highlighting the issues and demands for justice.

What wrong has happened now when the four accused in the Hyderabad rape and murder of a woman veterinarian were killed in a police encounter as they tried to flee while reconstructing the crime scene. Before the killing of the accused of the gruesome assault, the incident had drawn national outrage with members of civil society, woman right activists and even Parliamentarians calling for the harshest possible punishment for the accused. The media as usual had made it their lead stories, demanding justice for the victim but now they have started a media trial against the police cops who were involved in the encounter.

The actions of the media are unfathomable for a common man. This is why there is so much hue and cry for the brutal accused, who, however, were not killed in cold blood. Many media agencies are alleging that the killed persons could be innocents but if they are so sure then they should investigate, which is part of their investigative journalism and after that, they should not sensationalise the issue.

Apart from some media organisation, who believes in yellow journalism, majority of people of Hyderabad victim’s family and the family of Nirbhaya showed their gratitude toward the Police who did not let the accused flee from the spot. The father of woman veterinarian expressed his gratitude to the Police and the government for this.

“My daughter’s soul must be at peace now,” he said.

Parents of Nirbhaya also expressed satisfaction over the incident and said, “We are longing for justice for the last seven years but are happy that the killers of Hyderabad girl have been punished.

These few lines of satisfaction by the victim’s families speak volumes.

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