When will India media start respecting women?

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Sai Ravi Teja Pingali, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Kate Middleton and Marilyn Monroe are trending on social media, thanks to the Times of India trying to cash on the Kate-Marilyn comparison at India’s war memorial. With the image of Kate’s disheveled skirt on the front page, social media users blasted the Times of India for turning an otherwise solemn occasion into a “Marilyn Monroe moment,” when a gust of wind blew her dress up as she paid her respects at India’s war memorial in New Delhi.

This is not the first instance when the Times of India flirted with controversy. Earlier, a picture of Indian actor Deepika Padukone’s cleavage flashed by the tabloid triggered outrage on social media, including Deepika criticizing the “cheap” publicity, saying, “Yes, I am a women. I have breasts and a cleavage! You got a problem?”

These are just small examples that came into light and were highlighted because of social media.There are many more stories of same kind happening daily and our media are not showing any signs of change.We keep saying about developing into one of most powerful nations in the world but no country can become a better nation if even its media doesn’t even bother to respect women and their feelings.

 

 

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