You pick up a newspaper whilst sipping coffee, you scan headlines, the best ones interest you, you continue reading it further, you grunt, you ~tch~ at it and then it’s time to move on to another page. This goes on until you reach the sports section where you quickly scan the pages and finally put the paper down and head to your office.
In that newspaper, amidst 100 headlines, lies one that never caught your attention. It never will, tbh. You can either blame the 8.5 pts font size, or the fact that the headline wasn’t big enough to grab your attention. It isn’t your fault. Media houses have become so selective in their reporting, that they’d rather have you read about what’s happening in the north than tilt their pens and write about the north-east. This rant is a result of brutal rape + murder of a 20-year-old Nepalese girl from Assam going unreported by major media portals.
Champa Chettri worked in a beauty parlour who resided in Margherita town in the Tinsukia district of Assam. She went missing on 28th Of April, after which the entire Nepalese community started to search for her. Her body was found on the 3rd Of May in an extremely gross form after some people spotted her body floating in the Dihing River near Lama Gaon.
Her body was set on fire, but because it didn’t ‘work well’ for the rapists, they disposed off her body in the river instead. Two arrests have been made since, Biswajit Chettri and Moinul Ali of Ledo region. Both have been charged under sections 366,376 and 342/34 of the IPC.
Now here’s why we are angry –
Rapists are only getting more brutal in their actions. The fact that today, a woman has the guts to get back on her feet and file a complaint against a man/gang who raped her is leading these rapists to kill the woman after raping them. That’s not it, the fact that there have been legit cases where rape accused have been sentenced to death and/or life imprisonment and yet these fearless monsters still don’t stop is a grave concern. The root of the cause is yet to be tampered with.
The fact that the traditional media, or social-media isn’t making any noise on this case is very concerning because news like these shouldn’t be dug up in a coffin, it should be shown to the world and made noise for, irrespective of how smelly the carcass is, because what else will provoke the authorities to focus on women’s security? What else will put pressure on those officials who’re waiting for something ‘big’ to happen so that they get their arse back to work?
Yesterday it was Nirbhaya, then came Jisha but there are thousands of Champas waiting for justice, they’re waiting to get noticed, they’re waiting for the media to show how belonging to a neglected state doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to demand the rights they are entitled for (which in this case, is media support in order for the country to know what happens behind the freshly dry cleaned curtains we draw every morning.)
(Note: This is the maximum information we could dig out on this case because NO media portal has ANY detailed explanation of what exactly happened that day) *Sigh*