JournalismPakistan.com August 28, 2013
Okay, you are smarter than I am so you tell me.
Why do the Indian police always hold hands with the suspects after arresting them? You often get this picture of five cops holding a palm each and a shoulder or an arm and an elbow and then this clumsy little entourage trots off past all the cameras and you wonder, why don’t they just cuff the guys and get on with it. It looks unprofessional and silly.
But that is nothing compared to the main mystery. You put out flyers with sketches of suspects like in the Mumbai rape case then when you catch them you cover their faces with a hood and give them the comfort of obscurity. You don’t do that to all these other folks who drive BMWs into people or are high profile and caught with their paws in the jam jar, then you parade them right, left and centre. But the moment it is the scum of the earth then we get all coy and cute and you have these guys hidden from view when actually there is no law that says it is mandated. Why this sudden need to keep their identities hidden when, if there is the letter of the law it is not adhered to in all cases.
We know of so many well-known faces that are literally photographed from expression to expression. That time there is no concern about maintaining their privacy. So how come the privacy of these creeps becomes too vital and why should they not be shown in public and what’s with all this secrecy business?
India media is so trigger happy it condemns individuals for just being asked to come in for questioning (guilty by inference?) but it is quite happy showing shots of five guys with no faces so how do we, as in Joe Public, even know if you have the right guys and where they are and whether the whole thing is a charade just to appease the country and calm things down.
Stop holding their hands, mister, and show the nation the ugly side of its face.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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