The News Minute’s Theja Ram and Ragamalika Karthikeyan on Friday won Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2017 in the Feature - Web category. TNM’s Nitin Bhaskaran and Ragamalika Karthikeyan secured the Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity 2017 in the category News Report-Web.
Ragamalika and Theja’s story 'Shaming of the Mother in Pascal Child abuse case shows all that's wrong with our legal system,’ talks about the child rape case in Bengaluru in which a former French diplomat, Pascal Mazurier, was an accused.
Pascal was accused of raping his own daughter by his now-estranged wife, Suja Jones. The story addresses how though the case was against Pascal, the person put on trial was the mother of the victim. The defence in the case set out to malign the character of the victim’s mother and that’s exactly what happened in the Pascal Mazurier case. The magistrate was more concerned about the mother's ‘partying’ and whether her husband allowed it than who committed the crime. In the end, Bengaluru sessions court acquitted Pascal.
Read the story that won the award: Shaming of the mother in Pascal child abuse case shows all that's wrong with our legal system
Nitin and Ragamalika’s story ‘Tied up, stripped, forced to sit on her own excreta - Inhuman treatment of woman in Hyderabad home,’ spoke about the inhuman treatment meted out to inmates of a Hyderabad rehab home.
A horrific video from a Hyderabad home for the destitute has gone viral on the Internet. The video showed a woman, barely clothed, tied up on the floor and left to live in what looked like her own excreta – all this, to ‘bring her under control’. The story revealed the plight of the residents of the Hyderabad home named Aramghar, managed by the Indian Council for Social Welfare. The home, which has been around since 1954, had no doctors, no nurses and no psychiatrists. The story exposed how little sensitivity the home had while dealing with persons with mental illnesses.
Read the story that won the award: Tied up, stripped, forced to sit in her own excreta: Inhuman treatment of woman at Hyd home