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Saturday, December 30, 2006

MSM and Juvenile Crime

The report about the kidnapping of 11-year old Arvind and the subsequent recovery of his body has gripped Chennai during the last few days. There are some established norms in the media regarding the reporting of such juvenile crime. It has come to light that the people behind this gruesome murder are minors in the age group of 16 – 17. An earlier article by The Hindu’s Readers’ Editor lays down the broad guidelines regarding media reporting of juvenile crime. It looks like Rediff.com has decided to flout some of those norms in covering the Arvind murder investigation. Rediff has gone ahead and published the names of the three kids accused in the Arvind murder case.


  • Why not, a criminal is a criminal and this is not just a petty crime. Moreover, it is a UNI news report.


    By Blogger SLN, at 3:56 AM  

  • Hindu is a stupid paper

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:36 AM  

  • Why blame rediff, they only published news report by UNI. This is nothing compared to what tamil newspapers have published. Tamil newspapers like dinamani, dinamalar and dinakaran have published every detail about the boys who are accused of murder. In this incident news report by tamil newspapers is going to have more impact than rediff.

    By Anonymous Saravanan, at 6:42 AM  

  • saravanan/sln

    There are established norms for reporting. Minors should not be identified when they are convicted.

    Rediff should have exercised restraint.

    I am an experienced lawyer and say this with conviction

    By Anonymous Praveen Seshadri, at 8:10 AM  

  • Juvenile Crime??? I dont think that this is a case of Juvenile Crime... the prime accused, is aged 16, a school dropout and working for some private concern and planned well in doing the whole crime!!!

    Given the exposure of Media , kids mature faster these days (than say 20 years back). The laws concerning juvenile crimes were framed in an era when 70% of population was illiterate, and there was no TV, Internet, Mobile phones and school education was meant for priveleged.

    Which means that laws concerning juvenile crimes should be suitably changed... the accused in this crime should be treated as 90% adults and be punished accordingly.

    PS - The Hindu has a history of misreporting and misrepresenting facts and confusing their ideology with news/facts so we have the case of a black cobra calling the crow "Black" !!

    By Blogger ramki830, at 1:34 AM  

  • Hindu is a useless newspaper which publishes only half truth news which satisfies its agenda of portraying muslims, dalits and women as oppressed and making it look as if all others are oppressors. Hindu has no right to talk about ethics in reporting. Besides, if a big crime has been committed and it is proved that a crime has been committed by someone and that person has been convicted, then the name and photo should be published no matter what the age, caste, religion, gender etc.The details have been published after conviction and not on the basis of mere allegations or suspicion.
    What about the media restraint when they happily publish details of people who have allegedly harassed a woman for dowry or allegedly raped a woman(note the word allegedly...newspapers publish all these details about males when they are just alleged of dowry harassment or rape and not convicted and withhold the details of the female) like in the Abhishek Kasliwal case and make them criminals without a trial or any scrutiny of what the woman claims and dont even bother to offer an apology for tarnishing the repute of the person if he is acquitted?

    By Blogger redrajesh, at 1:17 AM  

  • Valuable resource of juvenile crime news summaries: http://ng2000.com/ng2000bb/YaBB.pl?num=1221461351

    By Blogger ng2000, at 5:54 AM  

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