New Delhi: True to form, Press Council Chairman Justice Markandey Katju slammed the horrific Delhi gang rape but cautioned people against creating a hype around a single incident while unemployment, farmers' suicide and lack of healthcare remain pressing problems that need to be tackled immediately.
Katju, known for his astute and often acerbic take on current events, also stated that such an incident in rural India would not have resulted in the condemnation in media and Parliament that the Delhi rape has generated.
"I strongly condemn this crime, and am of the opinion that those who are found guilty by a court of law should be given harsh punishment. At the same time, I would like to know whether the same hue and cry which has been raised about it in the media and in Parliament would have been raised had this incident happened in some other part of India, particularly in rural India.
"I am sure it would not. But surely Delhi is not the whole of India," he said in a blog post. Katju went on to cite the case of farmers' suicide in Vidharba....more
03:11 PM, Dec 19, 2012