The entire nation has been traumatised and is living traumatised ever since the gruesome rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinary doctor in Hyderabad. It shows the sad reality of women’s safety in this country. People of India have taken to the streets to ensure their anger and anguish are heard. But, a certain section of media is always on their toes to defend the accused. They deliberately try to cover up the crimes by sympathising with the rapists and showing their sad state. The actions taken by our country for protecting the women is never enough because of the failures of certain pillars of our democracy.


A media house, The Quint has the track record of painting known criminals in a positive light. They have even defended the likes of Osama Bin Laden. So, it wasn’t surprising to many when they came up with an article defending the rapists. They had interviewed the families of all the four accused. They also wrote how the main accused Mohammad Arif was the sole breadwinner for his family and how he toiled hard to gather money for his mother’s operation. All of this is done to invoke sympathy from the public. But for who? A person who did not think twice before raping and burning a young girl?

If we try to invoke sympathy for the criminals, we are essentially trying to make these criminals, the victims. If one commits a crime, he alone should be held responsible and no justification for the same should be given. The culprits of such heinous crimes should be severely punished which should deter others from committing them. Our judiciary should hasten such proceedings so that the victims get their justice as soon as possible because justice delayed is justice denied.

About Abhinav Khare

Abhinav Khare is the CEO of Asianet News Network and also the host of a daily show named Deep Dive with AK. He has a lifetime collection of books and gadgets and has already pinged more than hundred cities around the globe. 

He is a tech entrepreneur, who is passionate about policy, technology, economy and philosophy from ancient India. He earned an MS Engineering from the ETH Zurich and an MBA Finance from the London Business School.