Jan 122014

Contemporary media, be it in print or digital form is often accused to be under-reporting some of the legitimate issues which can also be categorized as social concerns. It’s in conflict with the role of a watchdog that media is asked to perform by our constitution. For the very raison d’être that many problematic issues in our society go unnoticed, India is finding cumbersome to evolve into a developed society even after 60 years of sovereign rule. Here are top 5 genuine issues in India which need more media attention:

1. Corruption:

For the media’s selective coverage of many of the corruption related issues, the credibility of the fourth pillar of democracy has taken a hit off late. Though, it’s to the credit of media houses (involving digital and print) that issues such as 2G spectrum and coal-gate came in public domain but for its softening stand against many of the incumbent ministers and political leaders of high stature, many other corruption related issues were swept under the carpet for perpetuity. Our media needs to be more pre-emptive and outspoken on corruption issues and learn to take stand against the high-ranking corrupt.

2. Dowry:

Dissemination of awareness against the repercussions of dowry is a big time social evil for India. Been in place for decades now, it resists against its uprooting with complete authority that it has gained over the years for our timid response towards the iniquity. It’s for the media in particular to organize and mobilize students against the problem. Media can raise its voice for bringing about requisite reforms by lobbying at various levels of government. And, it can only be affected if media pays more heed.

3. Female Infanticide:

Deliberate killing of the female babies has shaped up as a malaise that has gone unchecked for years to take up a draconian form now. This has grown more on the backing of illegal pre-natal determination tests provided by corrupt medics. It’s for our media to sincerely work on the issue as time is not far when the sex ratio of the nation would be imbalanced completely beyond any immediate repair. Media should expose such incidents more and make fraudulent medics accountable. Also, to kill the disturbing behavior and patriarchal cultural context, media should carry out awareness programs. Parents who believe in investing only on the best bet (son) and ignore the rest (daughters) only add to population of the nation, even if they aren’t killing the innocent girl child.

4. Domestic Violence:

To encourage victims of domestic violence to report such heinous crimes to the police, media has to empower every citizen with its awareness campaigns. It’s highly saddening to find under-reporting of such incidents in newspapers and digital media. For the perpetrators of crime to be booked under the penal code, media needs to share responsibility.

5. Cleanliness:

Dissimilar to other countries, Indians keep hygiene related issues at bay. Keeping streets and our ambiance clean and tidy should be the prime-motto of ours and media in particular can make it happen in reality through its campaigns on cleanliness. Already, news channels under Information & Broadcasting Ministry do it regularly but media in the private control should also share the responsibility.

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