Uttar Pradesh PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav’s statement that the recovery of children’s corpses from a drain in Noida is a small matter is shocking. This shows how insensitive the political establishment in UP is. Had the UP police not been so apathetic, many young lives could have been saved. Even complaints about the missing children were not registered and investigated on time. Unfortunately, Mulayam Singh Yadav also defended the Noida police’s conduct. At this rate, he is facing defeat in the coming elections.
As the nation reels in shock at the barbarity in Nithari, Yadav’s statement can only add insult to injury. To describe the murder of children as a small matter is beyond belief. We can only hope that he does not know what he is saying.
The horrendous Noida killings will haunt our collective psyche for a long time to come. Had the custodians of law and order attended to complaints about missing children earlier, many could have been saved. How much at risk we are in this system can be gauged from the appalling remark made by Mulayam Singh Yadav’s brother that the murders were just a ‘small and routine incident’.
With reference to Rajdeep Sardesai’s article Ghosts in the machine (January 5), journalism’s institutionalised ethics neither safeguard nor promote responsible reporting. A sense of social responsibility and professional values is essential. Only by adopting such values as access to information, commitment to diversity and an emphasis on context and explanation can journalists fulfil their duty.
Keshav C Das
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