THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
20 November 2017
Opinions : Ammu Joseph
THE RAPE EPIDEMIC
In search of the missing link

Indifference, impatience, aggression and denial have been among the common responses to rape as a multi-layered problem. In the concluding part of her article, Ammu Joseph draws attention to all that fosters a culture of violence against women in our society and why it is unamenable to hasty remedies.

Justice Gender Violence Society Women Voices unheard

PREVENTING RAPE
Are we just blind persons feeling an elephant? Every case of sexual violence that becomes a cause celebre gives rise to earnest calls for action which often yield some results. But limited, quick-fix solutions that do not address the underlying causes of this deep-rooted problem have clearly not worked, writes Ammu Joseph in the first of a two-part article examining the many layers of the issue.
Justice Gender Violence Gender Laws and Policy Society Women Voices unheard
WORLD RADIO DAY
Who will cast the first vote for equality? On World Radio Day, Ammu Joseph looks at the representation of women in Indian radio and wonders if the medium can play a more significant role in ensuring empowerment and equal participation.
Gender and Media Radio Media Work+Life Voices unheard
GENDER VIOLENCE
Why the death penalty stands for nothing The pressure of ill-informed popular sentiment coupled with a retributive judicial system may lead to an award of capital punishment for rapists, as it has in the Delhi 2012 case, but that does very little to address the much larger problem of VAW in all its dimensions. Ammu Joseph explains.
Justice Gender Violence Women Voices unheard
GENDER VIOLENCE
Why the death penalty stands for nothing The pressure of ill-informed popular sentiment coupled with a retributive judicial system may lead to an award of capital punishment for rapists, as it has in the Delhi 2012 case, but that does very little to address the much larger problem of VAW in all its dimensions. Ammu Joseph explains.
Justice Gender Violence Women Voices unheard
WOMEN IN POLITICS
Whose dynasty is it anyway? If 34 per cent of current parliamentarians have family ties and all those under 30 years are hereditary MPs, the concern over women alone leveraging family connections in politics seems misplaced. As the Women's Reservation Bill awaits yet another round of consideration, Ammu Joseph wonders if women politicians can and do make a difference.
Gender Law and Policy Work+Life Women Voices unheard
GENDERED TRAGEDIES
An unequal disaster in the land of Chipko As Uttarakhand reels in the aftermath of devastating floods, Ammu Joseph underlines the need for greater awareness of the gender dimensions of such calamities and recognition of the special and diverse needs of women and other disadvantaged sections of society.
Relief Women Voices unheard
OPINION/MEDIA
Terror reporting reveals gaping holes The pervasive tendency to speculate and insinuate involvement of individuals and selective groups in instances of terror, without authentication or references to source of information, is not only an unfair attack on those implicated but against the very essence of journalism. Ammu Joseph elaborates.
Peace The Press Media Voices unheard
KATJU EPISODE
Who will bell the media cat? If issues concerning media standards and ethics are not swept under the carpet as in the past, some good may result from the recent storm over Justice Katju’s observations, writes Ammu Joseph.
OP-ED Media Voices unheard
PAID NEWS SYNDROME
Who pays the price for paid news? In mid-June, the Election Commmission of India directed Chief Electoral Officers of all states and Union Territories to enforce the law against "paid news" during elections. The institutionalised racket has been running into hundreds of crores of rupees. Ammu Joseph brings you up to speed.
OP-ED The Press Voices unheard
WOMEN/MEDIA
Countdown to better representation of women in media The world’s largest and longest-running longitudinal research and action initiative on gender in the news media released in New York on 2 March, where the 54th session of United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is currently on. Ammu Joseph summarises the findings.
Opinions OP-ED Media Voices unheard
THE HEALTH OF NEWS
The Media and the Flu Why is it that swine flu makes major national headlines in India while encephalitis, which has claimed many more lives this year (not to mention malaria, tuberculosis, gastro-enteritis, etc.), does not? Could it be that the A(H1N1) virus is more glamorous? Ammu Joseph analyses the scoops.
Health OP-ED Media Voices unheard
REGULATION AND THE PUBLIC
Media Policy: A citizens' wishlist for Ambika Soni For some time there has been an impasse between media and the government over the media regulation and the Broadcast Bill, with citizens left on the sidelines. A set of documents is being released into the public domain to stimulate public debate. Ammu Joseph has more.
Media Voices unheard
India Together offers an excellent forum for people from diverse fields of expertise to present their views, share their experiences and raise questions about where our country and society are headed in the future.
Amitabha Basu
  • Retired Scientist
  • National Physical
  • Laboratory
  • India Together reader